The UK Bribery Act 2010 is one of the toughest anti-bribery laws in the world and applies to all employees in public and private organisations.
Transparency International defines bribery as, “the offering, promising, giving, accepting or soliciting of an advantage as an inducement for an action which is illegal, unethical or a breach of trust.”
Skillcast's Bribery training aims to help learners understand how they can resist and avoid bribery in all its forms. By the end of this module, learners should feel competent in demonstrating understanding of bribery risks, and the steps that they will need to take to help avoid and prevent bribery and comply with the UK Bribery Act.
|Duration||Approximately 40 minutes|
|Audience||Suitable for all staff - examples and interactivities designed for staff at all levels|
|Prerequisites||No previous knowledge or experience required|
|Design||SHARD-compliant, responsive display on all devices, accessibility on screen readers, visual design controlled via client style sheet|
|Test-out||Ability to offer optional test-out, whereby users can choose to skip the course content and complete the learning assignment simply by passing the assessment|
|Deployment||AICC and SCORM 1.2-compliant, suitable for both hosted and deployed SCORM or AICC|
|Compatibility||All Windows, Mac OSX, iOS, Android (Flash-free for mobile compatibility)|
|Tailoring||Fully customisable on Skillcast Portal CMS|
|Translation||Pre-translated versions not available, but all text content can be exported for translation into all languages|
|Localisation||Based on UK legislation, but suitable for global audiences upon the removal of UK-specific references and translation as necessary|
Figures released by Transparency International show that 68% of countries still have a serious corruption problem, and there isn't a single country worldwide that is completely free from corruption.
There are several theories that suggest why bribery and corruption exists, but it typically occurs when individuals are persuaded to use illicit means to maximise personal or corporate profit.
Despite a world-wide effort to try and eradicate bribery, it still remains a widespread problem and one that doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon.
As a result, bribery laws are tightening up, and in order for businesses to grow and continue to be successful, there is a greater need than ever to follow procedures for gifts, hospitality, expenses, donations, recruitment, client take-on, and partnerships.
There are four offences under the UK Bribery Act:
The last point is something all business owners should take careful note of, as it places a burden of proof on companies to show they have adequate procedures in place to prevent bribery. In other words, even if a company has no knowledge of the bribery taking place, they can still be held accountable if they fail to prove they had adequate measures in place to prevent it.
The penalties if found guilty of any of the above four offences are severe. Individuals could face up to 10 years in prison and unlimited fines. Companies can also be subject to unlimited fines.
So, the question remains - how can we fight bribery and corruption and how can we reduce it happening in the workplace?
Business owners should ensure that they:
There is a whole host of options available to ensure your employees are up to scratch with bribery laws and regulations. Most notably, making it mandatory for your staff at all levels in the business to complete online training courses in Bribery & Corruption. Interactive training courses will not only teach your employees everything they need to know, but will also allow them to test their knowledge and demonstrate their understanding on what they have learnt.