23 August 2007
It is now easier for suppliers to blow the whistle on public sector buyers who demand bribes.
Anti-corruption membership group TRACE has set up the Business Registry for International Bribery and Extortion (BRIBEline) website to collect information on public sector organisations that ask for kickbacks. It hopes it will ease the burden of anti-bribery compliance on firms.
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Wal-Mart, International Paper and the World Bank support the website. Suzanne Rich Folsom, director of the World Bank's department of institutional integrity, said: "BRIBEline will put pressure on countries to take remedial action by introducing a reputational cost to those who seek bribes.