Denmark's Experience in Fighting Corruption
2018-11-27 10:23 Tuesday
Denmark is one of the least corrupt countries in the world, not only possessing some of the strictest anti-corruption laws, but also an independent, well-functioning judicial system that supervises government authorities and the private sector. Furthermore, zero tolerance for commercial bribery and corruption is deeply rooted in Danish cultural norms.
National Anti-corruption System
In order to combat corruption, the Danish government has set up an anti-corruption agency composed of ombudsmen. It consists of seven lawyers, five staff members, an office director and a senior assistant. The agency supervises all public servants, except for judges, who fall under the purview of other authorities.
Denmark has also placed great emphasis on cracking down on private sector corruption, by funding a website that specializes in commercial bribery and corruption risk management. The government has also established an anti-transnational bribery agency under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to fight against commercial bribery, embezzlement and fraud.
Guilds as a Safeguard against Corruption
In recent years, the international community has paid increasingly more attention to the negative impact of corruption on society and economic growth. Many international agreements and proposals now require countries to strengthen anti-corruption legislation and empower law enforcement agencies to pursue violators. Danish guilds play a crucial role in assisting the government implement anti-corruption policies in foreign markets.
Rather than directly assisting with compliance, Danish guilds provide guidance and legal education on how to avoid commercial bribery in certain markets. When guild staff find that a Danish company is suspected of commercial bribery or corruption, they immediately report the company to the Danish government, which then proceeds to investigate.
As anti-corruption efforts become increasingly prominent in Asia and across the developing world, there are important lessons to be learned from the Danish example.