OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions
Dear Manager or Representative of a Belgian company operating in Ireland,
We have been asked by the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to inform you of the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions. Belgium is part of this international treaty and, as a Belgian company operating abroad, we trust you are aware of the treaty’s content and are expected to fully respect all its obligations.
You can find the full text of the OECD Convention and related documents forming part of its content here http://www.oecd.org/daf/anti-bribery/ConvCombatBribery_ENG.pdf, and the text of the United Nations Convention against Corruption, also ratified by Belgium, here https://www.unodc.org/documents/brussels/UN_Convention_Against_Corruption.pdf.
The Belgian government issued anti-corruption guidelines for Belgian companies operating overseas. These are available in Dutch and in French, see https://economie.fgov.be/nl/publicaties/anticorruptiegids-voor and https://economie.fgov.be/fr/publicaties/guide-anticorruption-pour-les .
As the representative of the Belgian government in Ireland, this Embassy has the responsibility to report alleged or suspected cases of corruption or bribery by Belgian companies to the Belgian authorities (Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Justice).
Thank you for taking this into account. As you know, the fight against corruption is a pillar of the rule of law and of a good and healthy economic governance.
Pierre-Emmanuel De Bauw
Ambassador of Belgium