2021 OECD Global Anti-Corruption & Integrity Forum


Women often remain under-represented in the certain industries as well as in justice sector organisations, in particular in top-level positions. This is due to well-documented occupational segregation and gender specific challenges women often face in such organisations. This session will discuss the importance of gender mainstreaming in private sector anti-bribery compliance roles and in anti-corruption agencies, with a focus on APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) economies. The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) of New Zealand will present a preview of a new study that surveyed the anti-corruption agencies of 21 APEC economies to show how women are faring in such organisations. The survey covered issues such as demographic questions, Perceived Subtle Gender Bias Index and work experience. At the same time, the panellists will discuss gender representation in the field of anti-bribery compliance in the private sector and how gender dynamics in corporate governance frameworks impacts on the role of compliance officer, a role often occupied by women. The session will also provide a foundation for developing a gender mainstreaming training guide for anti-corruption agencies and will pave the way for future work in the anticorruption field on gender inclusiveness.