Anti-Corruption and Bribery Policy

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Our Anti-Corruption and Bribery Policy template is suitable for any organisation. It sets out how staff and management should deal with bribery and corruption in the workplace. This is particularly relevant in the UK, since we have one of the world’s most strict anti-bribery laws – the Bribery Act 2010.

Putting in place this policy (and of course ensuring it is enforced in practice) is a good step in the direction of ensuring the bribery and corruption is ruled out in your workplace and that your company is not prosecuted for breach of the Bribery Act 2010. As part of the Bribery Act it is a legal requirement that every business has in place a policy, to help avoid bribery taking place – this policy will ensure you comply with that requirement as a start.

The Anti-Corruption and Bribery Policy is comprehensive and covers:

  • what bribery is;
  • the rules on banning bribery; and
  • what modest gifts and hospitality may be acceptable, whether given or received.

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Clauses in this Anti-Corruption and Bribery Policy

The excerpt from the guide to this template below sets out the main features of this Anti-Corruption and Bribery Policy, so you have an idea what is covered by it:

Policy outline – This section sets out what the purpose of the policy is and the consequences of breaching it.

Application of this policy – This section sets out how this policy applies. It applies to all contractors and agents of the business, as well as employees.

Definition of bribery – This section sets out what bribery is or can be. This follows the definition in the Bribery Act – as you can see a lot of behaviour could be caught by it for any business operating in or out of the UK (even where the act is carried out overseas). It is notable that “facilitation payments”, while lawful in the US, are illegal under English law. At the end of the list of examples, you can add any others that your business might find relevant or be susceptible to, based on your specific industry. If there are none, then delete the final bullet point.

Business hospitality – This section sets out how reasonable gifts and hospitality can be given or received and would not then count as bribery.

Ethical record-keeping – To prevent false record-keeping which might hide bribery, this section makes it mandatory to keep accurate records. It would be a disciplinary offence to breach this. In the second paragraph of this section, if you do not have an expenses policy, then delete reference to this or consider purchasing a template for one from Legalo’s website.

Raising concerns – This section sets out that employees can raise concerns and suspicions about possible bribery with the business in a secure and confidential manner, knowing they will not be victimised as a result (in accordance with the whistle-blowing policy, which has more detail on this). If you do not have a whistle-blowing policy, then delete reference to this or consider purchasing a template for one from our website.