Since ratification, Ireland has been in discussion with the OECD in relation to Ireland’s implementation of the convention, and the OECD has suggested a range of actions to be undertaken by Ireland. Accordingly, the relevant Irish Government Departments and bodies have initiated a comprehensive programme to ensure that implementation is being progressed.
In addition to a range of measures to be undertaken by other state bodies, including other divisions of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, the Trade Policy Unit of this Department has responsibility for the following actions.
- Raising awareness of the OECD Anti-Bribery Conventions by informing agencies, organisations and companies doing business abroad of the requirements under the Conventions.
- Publishing and distributing a guide which includes information on the protections in Irish legislation for whistleblowers reporting suspected corruption offences and provides contact information for the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation, if there is a suspicion of corrupt practices in international business transactions.
- Advising companies of the specific measures which an exporting enterprise could implement, such as:
- Ensuring that all employees are familiar with the relevant bribery and corruption laws, their responsibilities and the appropriate response to any suspicion of corrupt activity;
- Ensuring that agents and partners, who are representing or purporting to represent their business, have adequate and valid credentials for the activities being undertaken;
- Establishing monitoring and reporting requirements for agents and partners representing their business; and
- Establishing a clear and accessible internal system for the reporting of any suspicious behaviour in relation to the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention. "
In relation to Ireland’s compliance with these responsibilities, it is particularly relevant that it is the development agencies, IDA Ireland and Enterprise Ireland who have the closest engagement with companies in Ireland that are most likely to be exporting to foreign markets. Accordingly, the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment is arranging for these agencies to ensure that they are actively liaising with their client companies on this issue.