Corruption is a significant risk in many international markets. This page is your resource for essential information that can help your business adopt anti-corruption best practices and become a leader in corporate sustainability. 


Mairead Lavery, EDC President and CEO

“Success in business goes way beyond the numbers. It comes down to consistently doing the right thing, for the right reasons.”

 — Mairead Lavery, EDC President and CEO



Your starting point for learning anti-corruption best practices

Find out how to effectively identify and mitigate risk and establish an anti-corruption program for your business.

Keeping corruption out: EDC’s guide for Canadian exporters

Get the information you need about Canada’s anti-corruption law.

EDC guide: Financial crime in international trade

Find out how companies can unknowingly become involved in financial crime. 

Combatting corruption in international business

An overview of expert advice on how to prevent corruption when doing business internationally and why it is so important to do so.

EDC customer frequently asked questions

Explore specifics about EDC’s anti-corruption requirements for customers and due diligence processes.


Know the law and your responsibilities as an exporter

Learn more about how corruption is defined in Canada and how your company can maintain best practices.

Corruption of Public Officials Act

Read the full text on the Government of Canada website.

Anti-Corruption Compliance Checklist

Enhance your risk management processes with TI Canada’s checklist.

OECD Anti-Corruption Guidelines

Discover the OECD Council’s Good Practice Guidance for companies.

Explore further helpful anti-corruption resources

Business Against Corruption: case stories and examples

This guide focuses on helping business understand and implement the 10th United Nations Global Compact Principle against corruption, which calls on participants to not only avoid bribery, extortion and other forms of corruption, but also to proactively develop policies and programmes to address them. 

Corruption Perceptions Index

Developed by Transparency International, the CPI scores and ranks countries around the world based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be based on views of experts and business people, as well as 13 datasets from various sources including the World Bank.

Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

The EITI promotes transparency and accountability in the oil, gas and mining sectors, and supports national stakeholders in implementing extractive sector reforms.

International Chamber of Commerce Rules on Combatting Corruption 

Prepared by the ICC Commission on Corporate Responsibility and Anti-corruption, these rules play an important role in helping businesses comply with their legal obligations and with the numerous anti-corruption initiatives at the international level. 

OECD Anti-Corruption & Integrity Hub

The hub provides access to the OECD’s anti-corruption work which covers a wide range of areas, including more than 270 legal instruments as well as standards and best practices on issues such as bribery, procurement, public financial management, public and private sector integrity, illicit trade, development assistance and tax issues. 

OECD Bribery and corruption RSS feed

This RSS feed delivers the latest news from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development on bribery and corruption directly to your newsreader so you’re always up to date.

OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions

This document establishes legally binding standards to criminalise bribery of foreign public officials in international business transactions and provides for a host of related measures that make this effective. It is the first and only international anti-corruption instrument focused on the ‘supply side’ of the bribery transaction. 

OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

These OECD guidelines reflect the expectation from governments to businesses on how to act responsibly. They cover all key areas of business responsibility, including human rights, labour rights, environment, bribery, consumer interests, as well as information disclosure, science and technology, competition and taxation. 

OECD Recommendation of the Council on Bribery and Officially Supported Export Credits

OECD members and other non-members who adopt this OECD recommendation agree to adhere to its measures, with the goal of deterring bribery in the export transactions that they support.

TRACE International Inc. 

TRACE is a non-profit business association dedicated to anti-bribery, compliance and good governance. It helps companies conduct business ethically and in compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, UK Bribery Act and other anti-bribery legislation.

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Date modified: 2019-12-02