- All organisations are at risk – Bribery isn’t confined to multinational corporations operating in developing countries. The law applies to all organisations – and the only defence is to provide appropriate training.
- Reinforce your Anti-Bribery policies – with interactive online training; handy reference booklets; and robust record keeping systems designed to help you document the steps your firm is taking to prevent bribery.
How can you protect your firm?
Make your staff aware of the risks
You need to clearly set out your firm’s position on bribery and give employees appropriate guidance on the right way to act in everyday work situations – over things like business gifts, working lunches and corporate hospitality.
Document the training you're providing
If an employee commits a bribery offence in the course of their work – even inadvertently – your firm could be liable. The only defence is to show you have proportionate procedures in place – which must include training.
Versions for the UK and for other jurisdictions – the online Bribery Prevention course is available in two different versions, each comprised of an interactive learning module and a separate recorded test module that enables you to train your workforce with minimum disruption.
The handy reference guide for individual employees – Bribery Prevention Booklets offer a concise summarisation of the Bribery Act for staff, with a check list for them to sign and date confirming they’ve understood their personal obligations. Available in packs of 20.
Bribery Prevention at a glance
What constitutes bribery?
Anything that’s intended to reward someone for acting improperly in their employment is a bribe.
What are the risks to your firm?
Failure to prevent bribery can result in heavy fines and prison sentences for senior managers and directors.
What can you do to prevent it?
The UK government recommends you put ‘proportionate procedures’ in place – that includes training your staff.
The UK Bribery Act 2010 (together with equivalent legislation in other jurisdictions) has very tough powers that apply to all organisations:
It is a criminal offence for someone to offer, give, request or receive an inducement to act improperly in their employment. In addition, it’s an offence for a commercial organisation to fail to prevent someone committing bribery on its behalf. An organisation that is prosecuted can face very significant penalties – including substantial fines and prison sentences for responsible managers and directors.
The only defence for your firm is to have ‘proportionate procedures’ in place – UK Government guidelines to the Bribery Act state these must include giving appropriate training to your staff.
Compliance Training Products offer a choice of ways to make your employees aware of bribery risk. The widely trusted Training on Record online learning programme has versions for firms subject to the UK Bribery Act and for firms operating in other jurisdictions. Printed Bribery Prevention Booklets serve as a handy reference guide and a compelling reminder to staff of their personal responsibilities.