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Exporting Corruption 2020

Data - Exporting Corruption 2020

United States

Active Enforcement level
72 Investigations opened

The United States demonstrates active enforcement against companies bribing abroad. The U.S. accounts for 10.4 per cent of global exports, and between 2016 and 2019, the country opened at least 72 investigations as well as 24 cases against foreign bribery.

The U.S. also closed 130 cases with sanctions during this time. The U.S. Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission recovered more than US$1 billion annually in penalties from 2016 to 2019, from foreign bribery cases.

In addition, the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed legislation to establish a central register for beneficial ownership information, which, if approved by the U.S. Senate and signed into law by the President, will improve the country’s abilities to fight corruption both at home and abroad.