Public Procurement

What’s the issue?

Corruption is a particular risk in public procurement and can cause serious loss of public funds as well as undermining trust in public spending.
Ensuring that conflicts of interest do not send contracts to cronies of public officials or politicians, and that corrupt companies are effectively excluded from bidding for public contracts – known as debarment – is essential for protecting taxpayers’ money and the integrity of public procurement. The threat of being excluded from public procurement creates strong incentives for companies to comply with the law and put good policies in place to prevent wrongdoing. Surveys have shown that losing the ability to bid for public contracts is one of the sanctions that companies fear most.

What does Spotlight on Corruption do?

We research and develop recommendations for how to protect the UK’s procurement system from conflicts of interest and how the UK’s debarment and suspension regime in public procurement can be robustly implemented.