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Combating bribery and corruption

New Zealand has a strong reputation for being free and intolerant of corruption and bribery.

New Zealand has a strong reputation for being free and intolerant of bribery and corruption. The country is also widely recognised for its commitment to supporting international efforts to combat such behaviour and offences in all their forms.

For example, New Zealand consistently ranks among the least corrupt nations in the world – often topping the table on Transparency International’s corruption perceptions index, which ranks countries by perceived corruption levels among public officials and politicians.

The Ministry of Justice works with other agencies and organisations – both domestically and globally – to maintain New Zealand’s reputation, support international anti-corruption efforts and strengthen our anti-bribery laws.

In November 2015, New Zealand reinforced its commitment to combating corruption by passing the Organised Crime and Anti-corruption Legislation Bill (the “Bill”), which made a number of amendments to New Zealand’s anti-corruption frameworks.

Following amendments in the Bill, on 1 December 2015, New Zealand formally ratified the United Nations Convention Against Corruption. The Convention is the first legally binding global agreement to address corruption in the private and public spheres.  Ratification is a clear demonstration that New Zealand values a fair and corruption-free international trading system.

The changes made by the Bill, along with our formal ratification of the Convention, mean New Zealand’s ability to combat corruption is now stronger than ever. However, we cannot be complacent and New Zealand businesses also have an important role to play in protecting New Zealanders and our economy from corruption.

It is for this reason that the Ministry of Justice has prepared the following guidance documents intended to assist New Zealand businesses in complying with relevant anti-bribery laws.