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The United Nations convention against corruption and its impact on international companies

  • Argandoña, Antonio

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    (IESE Business School)

Corruption is a serious economic, social, political and moral blight, especially in many emerging countries. It is a problem that affects companies in particular, especially in international commerce, finance and technology transfer. And it is becoming an international phenomenon in scope, substance and consequences. That is why, in recent years, there has been a proliferation of international efforts to tackle the problem of corruption. One such international cooperative initiative is the United Nations Convention against Corruption, signed in 2003, which came into force in December 2005. This is the first truly global instrument to prevent and combat corruption, built on a broad international consensus. The purpose of this article is to explain the origin and content of the Convention, what it adds to existing international instruments for combating corruption, and its strengths and weaknesses, mainly from the point of view of companies.

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Paper provided by IESE Business School in its series IESE Research Papers with number D/656.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: 06 Oct 2006
Date of revision: 12 Oct 2006
Handle: RePEc:ebg:iesewp:d-0656
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  1. Bryane Michael, 2004. "What Does the UN Convention on Corruption Teach Us About International Regulatory Harmonisation?," Macroeconomics 0406004, EconWPA.
  2. Kimberly Ann Elliott, 1997. "Corruption and the Global Economy," Peterson Institute Press: All Books, Peterson Institute for International Economics, number 12, December.
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