ISO 37001 is an anti-bribery management systems standard which is established by ISO, the International Organization for Standardization which develops and publishes International Standards.

ISO 37001 will materially help reduce the risk of bribery by helping organizations implement anti bribery controls. If public sector procurement bodies were to make independently certified compliance with ISO 37001 a pre-condition to obtaining work for major public sector contracts, then this could materially help reduce corruption in public sector contracting.

The ISO 37001 International Standard was approved by final vote of participating countries on 23rd September 2016, and will be published on 15th October 2016.

This forthcoming publication is great news, after three years of effort to get this very satisfactory outcome that will be widely rewarded. The “zero tolerance for bribery” will be institutionalized, personal values of ethics will be frequently recognized and there will be a greater institutional transparency.

WFEO is a partner in the project and plays a special role by being a liaison organization to the ISO project committee and by providing a chair of the drafting committee.


For more information:

ISO publishes new handbook with guidance on ISO 37001 Anti-bribery management systems – June 2021

Priceton University – Innovations for Successful Societies – Developing a management standard to prevent bribery: iso 37001 offers a new approach, 2012–2019 – July 2020

  An overview of ISO 37001 – WFEO-CAC Workshop, Lima, Peru – December 2016

  ISO 37001 Anti-bribery Management Systems Standards – June 2015

  Support for the proposed new ISO 37001 standard – June 2015

  ISO 37001 anti-bribery management systems standard FAQS – May 2015

  WFEO-CAC Statement of support for ISO 37001 – December 2014

  Global Infrastructure Anti-Corruption (GIACC) Centre page on ISO 37001