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Exporting Corruption 2020

Data - Exporting Corruption 2020


Moderate Enforcement level
27 Investigations opened

Germany moderately enforces against companies bribing abroad. Germany makes up 7.6 per cent of global exports and opened 27 investigations and 14 cases and concluded 46 cases with sanctions between 2016 to 2019.

Germany is one of four countries that declined in enforcement since our last report, but may regain “active” status if the proposed law on sanctions against legal persons is enacted, requiring mandatory prosecution, among other things.

Current financial penalties that can be imposed on legal persons are inadequate and inconsistent with the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention requirement of proportionality of sanctions for legal persons, particularly large companies. The proposed law would enable Germany to meet this requirement.