Bribery Act

Neathouse Partners outline bribery in the workplace and how it is unlawful within any organisation. Employees should be aware of importance of anti-bribery.

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James Rowland

Commercial Director James leads Account Management, Sales and Marketing at Neathouse Partners.

Date

01 October 2018

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17 July 2024
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Bribery Act
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Bribery  can be defined as ‘the giving or offering of a bribe’.

This type of bribery, otherwise known as active bribery, describes one directional bribery. Although it may not refer directly to the passive ‘request’ of a bribe from the receiving party, passive bribery can also be deduced from this definition; it is the request, agreeing to receive or acceptance of a bribe.

The motives behind bribery in a workplace or business environment are usually to gain benefits for personal or business advantage.

2010 saw a turning point for gaining an unfair advantage, and The Bribery Act was formally introduced nationally to combat active or passive bribery, both defined as separate offences. A maximum of 7 - 10 years imprisonment can be enforced for bribery.

 

What Do Organisations Need To Do To Comply?

With bribery officially unlawful, businesses and organisations up and down the country, are required to have an anti-bribery policy in place, driving the necessary controls forward, while educating staff that bribery is against the law. There are no one size fits all; policies should be tailored accordingly to the level of risk each organisation or business faces.

Top level commitment is required by senior members of the organisation or business to enforce anti-bribery policies and ensure filtration down through the organisation. The policy should be shared with new employees in their formal employee handbook and be accessible on the workplace intranet if there is one.

The key to maintaining an anti-bribery workplace is raising regular awareness with staff via appropriate communication methods, specifically via the line managers’ weekly team meetings.

By embedding this way of work into employees, the workplace promotes equality for all individuals, with the absence of corrupt behaviour.

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