Detecting and Reducing Bribery in Indonesia

On International Corruption Day—December 11—USAID CEGAH, implemented by MSI, sponsored a panel discussion on the SNI/ISO 37001 Anti-Bribery Standards.


These standards have become one of the most recognized global standards for anti-bribery management programs. With widespread international acceptance, the standards have the potential to change behavior in the international marketplace in order to level the playing field for all companies.

Moderated by CEGAH Chief of Party Juhani Grossmann, the panel featured presentations from the head of National Standards Agency, the Presidential Deputy Chief of Staff, an ISO 37001 expert from Singapore, and a Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Advisor.

Speaking on the significance of the Anti-Bribery Standards, CEGAH COP Grossman said: “Constructive yet honest engagement with the private sector is the only way to reduce the supply-side of corruption. ISO 37001 is one of the tools we have used to engage with the government and the private sector to do just that. It allows companies to not verify that their anti-bribery systems are robust, but also receive are a reputational benefit. This complements more repressive anti-corruption methods, such as the recent emergence of corporate criminal liability, and individual certification processes, such as Certified Integrity Officers.”

In addition to its participation on this panel, CEGAH sponsored a variety of events and activities to showcase the impacts of its anti-corruption work for International Corruption Day. These included launching the Gratuity Online application to report gifts given to local authorities, and publishing a new guidebook on corporate criminal investigations for judges and law enforcers.  It also created advisory services to strengthen integrity mechanisms and minimize risks from corruption and fraud in the healthcare and infrastructure sectors.  

The panel discussion focused primarily on Indonesia’s progress in the implementation of SNI/ISO 37001. Although Indonesia’s score on the international Corruption Perception Index has seen steady improvements over time, the country’s Anti-Corruption Agency or KPK remains committed to curtailing the negative effects of bribery, citing statistics that showed 25 percent of the anti-graft agency’s cases in recent years were against business owners, and 55 percent of cases involved bribery.

MSI is the prime implementer of the USAID-funded CEGAH (meaning “prevent” in Indonesia Bahasa) program, which aims to reduce corruption in Indonesia by addressing its root causes and strengthening the community of accountability. In addition to our work in Indonesia, MSI also supports transparency and accountability programming in Liberia, Mali, Mexico, Sierra Leone, and Ukraine.