Anti-Bribery Staff Awareness

For many organisations, corporate hospitality is a normal part of everyday operations. However, expenses, gifts and incentives can all be used to unfairly influence business partners, clients and contractors. So, when does a gift become a bribe and when might you fall foul of the law?

The UK Bribery Act 2010

Taking an ethical approach to business is not just a way of protecting your reputation, but also a legal obligation.

Criminal offences under the UK Bribery Act 2010 include:

  • Bribery;
  • Being bribed;
  • Bribing foreign public officials; and
  • The failure of a commercial organisation to prevent bribery on its behalf.

Moreover, offences can be committed by any organisation or individual that has links to the UK, regardless of where in the world the offence was committed.

Penalties for offering, promising, giving, requesting, agreeing, receiving or accepting bribes range from ten years’ imprisonment and unlimited fines to disqualification as a company director and the seizure of assets.

Fortunately, the Ministry of Justice’s Quick start guide to the Bribery Act states that “There is a full defence if you can show you had adequate procedures in place to prevent bribery.”

Adequate procedures might include:

  • Implementing and maintaining an anti-bribery policy;
  • Logging gifts and hospitality in auditable records;
  • Ensuring a consistent approach across the organisation;
  • Applying controls for contractors;
  • Conducting internal auditing and taking corrective action; and
  • Training your staff on their obligations and how to meet them.

Implementing an ABMS (anti-bribery management system), especially one aligned with the international anti-bribery standard ISO 37001, will ensure these procedures become part of business as usual for your organisation and help you maintain its integrity.

Anti-Bribery Staff Awareness E-Learning Course

Help your employees identify what a bribe looks like and how to avoid one with our Anti-Bribery Staff Awareness E-Learning Course.

Drawing on best-practice guidance from ISO 37001, it covers:

  • What ISO 37001 is and its importance to an organisation;
  • How a risk-based approach to management helps organisations avoid bribery;
  • How an ABMS protects the organisation from falling for bribes;
  • Senior management involvement in the ABMS;
  • A clear definition of bribery;
  • How to respond if you are offered a bribe;
  • What to do if you have accepted a bribe; and
  • The impact on your organisation of accepting a bribe.

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