The Global Enforcement Report

Updated annually, the GER features graphic and textual analyses of all known enforcement events—including investigations and enforcement actions —since the first bribery cases were prosecuted in the United States following the enactment of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Despite the global denunciation of bribery, little information is publicly available on enforcement of anti-bribery regulations. This can make it difficult to recognize trends concerning the extent to which countries are enforcing anti-bribery laws or where bribery is most prevalent, even though such information is critical to promoting transparency in global business. TRACE publishes the Global Enforcement Report (“GER”) annually in an attempt to provide this essential information.

Key findings from the GER 2017

  • The number of U.S. enforcement actions dropped dramatically from last year’s record-setting pace, returning to a level more typically seen in the first half of the decade. Non-U.S. enforcement actions registered a small increase.
  • European countries continue to predominate U.S. investigations and enforcement actions in cases involving non-U.S. companies and individuals, notably including the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany, and the Netherlands.
  • In investigating and prosecuting allegations of bribery by U.S. companies, the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission are maintaining roughly the same number of cases. With respect to investigation and enforcement in cases involving non-U.S. companies, the number of cases is larger for Department of Justice.
  • With respect to bribes allegedly made by U.S. companies, there appears to be an increasing focus on payments to European officials, for which the share of investigations increased to 20% from the 17% reported last year. The Asia Pacific region showed relative decreases in its share of both investigations and enforcement actions related to official bribery to U.S. companies.
  • The Financial Services industry has overtaken the Extractive Industries in the number of open U.S. investigations. Globally, however, the Extractive Industries continue to face the brunt of enforcement activity.

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Past GER compilations

Download past GER compilations below.

GER 2016

GER 2015

GER 2014

GER 2013

GER 2012

GER 2011

GER 2010