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The ABC of Anti-Bribery and Corruption

What it means for you and your business

Introduction

bribery1The UK Bribery Act, came into force on 1 July 2011 and is probably the most important Legislation to impact on British organisations, ever introduced.

The effects of bribery and corruption in business has long been of concern, it is now more important than ever to safeguard against potential liabilities and ensure that your business is complying with the new anti-bribery legislation.

No doubt you have already been inundated with literature and invites to seminars to tell you of ‘what to do and penalties for getting it wrong’.

What you really need to know, is this, how do YOU avoid falling foul of this very onerous legislation.

That’s what this workshop and conference is all about!

 

Who does it affect?

In a word—Everyone!

Any individual acting for, or on behalf of a British organisation, giving or receiving a bribe anywhere in the world, is liable for prosecution.

It is applicable to any organisation that engages in commercial activity in the UK, including public and voluntary sector organisations .

Prosecutions can be brought against individuals within or connected with the organisation if it is suspected that an offence was committed with their consent or connivance.

GuiltyAn investigation into Bribery will automatically invoke further investigations into:


  • Tax Evasion Regulations

  • Money Laundering Regulations

  • Proceeds of Crime Regulations

  • Other commercial legislation.

Investigations under these regulations will result in the authorities looking into not only your business and private affairs but also your:


  • Immediate families personal and business affairs

  • Extended families personal and business affairs

  • Business associates personal and business affairs

  • Suppliers’ personal and business affairs

  • Customers’ personal and business affairs!

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Remember: the organisation is responsible for the bribe.  Regardless of who within the company offers or receives it.

The UK Bribery Act has made it clear that it is the sole responsibility of your organisation or company to prevent any form of bribery taking place, whether by your employees, customers or third parties.
Because of this, establishing and maintaining a system for Anti-Bribery must be of paramount concern to your organisation as potential penalties include unlimited fines as well as a prison sentence.

 

Compliance and Control

Signacure Resilience have been developing and implementing integrated management systems since 1985, to enable our clients with their own individual business needs, to comply with regulations, standards and other requirements.

We can integrate your management systems to include:


  • Risk Management ISO 31000

  • Quality Management ISO 9001

  • Environmental Management ISO 14001

  • Health & Safety Management OHSAS 18001

  • Product Conformity Management CE Marking

  • People Management Employment Legislation

  • Anti-Bribery Management (Ethics) BS 10500