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 2016

  • There was a significant increase in enforcement last year, with U.S. enforcement actions doubling and non-U.S. enforcement actions more than doubling since 2015.
  • Other than cases involving U.S. companies and individuals, the vast majority of U.S. investigations and enforcement actions concerning alleged bribery of foreign officials involved companies or individuals from Europe.
  • The U.S. Department of Justice has undertaken more enforcement actions and was conducting more investigations into non-U.S. companies and individuals than the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Government officials in Asia Pacific were the alleged recipients of bribes in approximately 46% of investigations and 40% of enforcement actions concerning alleged bribery by U.S. companies and individuals.
  • The Extractive Industries face the brunt of enforcement activity.

Download the 2016 Report     

Past GER compilations

Download past GER compilations below.

GER 2010

GER 2011

GER 2012

GER 2013

GER 2014

GER 2015