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Prohibited Practices at the IDB Group

The IDB Group prohibits the following five practices:

  • Corrupt practice, which is the offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting, directly or indirectly, anything of value to influence improperly the actions of another party.
  • Fraudulent practice, which is any act or omission, including a misrepresentation, that knowingly or recklessly misleads, or attempts to mislead, a party to obtain a financial or other benefit or to avoid an obligation.
  • Coercive practice, which is impairing or harming, or threatening to impair or harm, directly or indirectly, any party or the property of the party to influence improperly the actions of a party.
  • Collusive practice, whichis an arrangement between two or more parties designed to achieve an improper purpose, including influencing improperly the actions of another party.
  • An obstructive practice is (a) deliberately destroying, falsifying, altering or concealing evidence material to the investigation or making false statements to investigators in order to materially impede a Bank Group investigation into allegations of a corrupt, fraudulent, coercive or collusive practice; and/or threatening, harassing or intimidating any party to prevent it from disclosing its knowledge of matters relevant to the investigation or from pursuing the investigation; or (b) acts intended to materially impede the exercise of the Bank’s inspection and audit rights.

The definitions of corrupt, fraudulent, coercive, and collusive practice were agreed upon by the International Financial Institutions (IFI) Anti-Corruption Task Force and included in the Uniform Framework for Preventing and Combating Fraud and Corruption.

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