What is corruption?
Corruption is the term used to describe improper activities by persons in positions of trust in the public sector, in the justice system, in political circles, in national and/or international business, or in non-profit organisations (such as associations or foundations) for unjustifiable material or immaterial gain.
In the public sector, for example, corruption can occur in the process of awarding public sector contracts and licences. Corruption can also take place between private individuals, for example by giving bribes to a competitor’s employees.
Unjustifiable advantages include privileges, invitations, gifts, money, or even new jobs within the public or private sector.
How can I announce a suspicion of corruption?
You can report suspected cases of corrupt activities in the Federal Administration and related organisations anonymously using the whistleblowing platform of the Swiss Federal Audit Office (SFAO).
If you would like to file a criminal complaint regarding acts of corruption in the Federal Administration or organisations with close links to the administration, you can contact the Office of the Attorney General in writing. It is not possible to file reports anonymously via this channel.
Criminal complaints Office of the Attorney General
The fedpol Integrity Line was discontinued at the end of 2018. If you would like to report suspected acts of corruption within the Federal Administration to fedpol, you can write to us. It is not possible to file reports anonymously via this channel.
If you have information regarding acts of corruption in cantonal administrations, please contact the police in the relevant canton.
If you have information regarding acts of corruption abroad, please contact the police in the country concerned.
Last modification 08.06.2020