Changes at home and abroad may leave you wondering how to weed out corruption and promote compliance. John Church sheds some light across three major jurisdictions
Earlier this year, Chinese procurator-general Cao Jianming delivered his report to the National People’s Congress with a degree of pride – he’d been busy.
Prosecutors had clamped down on civil servants who abused their power for personal gain or took bribes – 7,366 people in administrative law enforcement were investigated along with 2,395 in the judiciary system, Cao said. A whopping 2,524 officials above the level of county head were targeted, with 198 at the prefectural level and even seven miscreants at ministerial level.
In addition, China has been active in cracking down on commercial bribery, a trend that experts say will continue this year. “A strong stand in terms of stepping up law enforcement aimed at punishing commercial bribery can be anticipated. Thus, if your company is operating in China, the chief enforcement risk you face vis-à-vis PRC regulators in 2012 will be that of commercial bribery, with the unwelcome possibility of FCPA [US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act] enforcement as an exacerbating consequence,” notes K&L Gates in its annual outlook titled Global Government Solutions 2012.