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UK Bribery Act

The UK Bribery Act 2010 is one of the toughest anti-corruption laws in the world and an inspiration for similar legislation in other countries.

Although the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is much older and often used against corporate malpractice, the UK Bribery Act is more comprehensive in outlawing the giving or taking of bribes under any circumstance, including grease/facilitation payments.

Individuals and companies convicted of breaching this law anywhere in the world can be hit with unlimited fines and up to 10 years imprisonment.

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Bribery & Corruption

Tackling Corporate Bribery

One of the UK Bribery Act innovations was establishing a "strict liability" corporate offence of failure to prevent bribery by employees, agents, subsidiaries or other associated persons.

Meaning, if an associated person offers a bribe on its behalf, the company can face unlimited fines even if it didn't sanction the bribe or knew about it. The only defence available is that the company had implemented "adequate procedures" to prevent bribery.

Thus, procedures such as policy attestation, staff training, supply chain due diligence, an effective whistleblowing channel are your insurance against the risk of bribery.

Compliance Roadmap

Our roadmap for Bribery Act compliance follows the Six Principles in the UK Government's Bribery Act Guidance. The first of these principles states that your procedures to prevent bribery should be proportionate to the bribery risks you face, which in turn is determined by the nature, size and complexity of your company. Bearing this in mind, your roadmap should include:

  • Step 1: Prepare anti-bribery policies procedures and ensure that they are communicated to and attested to by employees and associated persons. Depending on your risk assessment these may include gift & hospitality, donations, charitable contributions, facilitation payments, dealing with public officials.
  • Step 2: Train your employees and associated persons to identify, avoid, resist and report bribery. The training should include practical scenarios that are relevant to your business.
  • Step 3: Implement a Gifts & Hospitality Register (GHR) to address the most common channel for actual and perceived cases of bribery.
  • Step 4: Offer an anonymous whistleblowing register that your staff and use to report suspicions of wrongdoing internally or external sources.
  • Step 5: Obtain compliance declarations from your third-party associated person to ensure that your supply chain is aligned with your internal anti-bribery standards.
  • Step 6: Conduct anonymous staff surveys to uncover deficiencies in your internal controls and external threats, which should inform the continuing improvement of your anti-bribery policies and procedures.

Policy Attestations

Corporate policies are the backbone of any successful business. They guide conduct and behaviour and set out the types of behaviour a firm expects of its employees.

They are the mechanism for translating external regulatory requirements into the DNA of a firm - compliance is ensured when employees understand and operate within the policy boundaries.

With Skillcast's online Policy Hub your employees can regularly review and attest all the relevant policies in a timely and efficient manner, and you can evidence to regulators and authorities when required.

Policy Hub

Anti-bribery Training

Most UK businesses have adopted anti-bribery policies - but it’s the way they are implemented that makes a difference.

Your staff need to understand your company's rules and expectations in relation to gifts, hospitality, donations, sponsorships etc. Those in higher-risk positions may need further training, on issues specific to your company.

Principle 5 of the UK Government's Bribery Act Guidance states that "Effective training is
continuous, and regularly monitored and evaluated."

However, the repeated training that's required to comply can cause staff fatigue. Therefore, we provide an array of anti-bribery courses to help you keep your staff aware and engaged on this risk:

Compliance Essentials E-learning Courses

Gifts & Hospitality Registers

Gifts and hospitality are widely recognised as a source of bribery risk. They can be used as outright bribes on their own or as a way of obliging/entrapping a person.

The UK Government's Bribery Act Guidance recommends that bribery prevention procedures should include "gifts, hospitality and promotional expenditure, charitable and political donations, and demands for facilitation payments."

This requires you to establish policies clearly outlining your company's rules, limits and procedures. In addition, depending on the nature of your business and risk assessment, you may also want to implement a Gifts and Hospitality Register to record and approve staff requests for giving and receiving gifts, hospitality, sponsorships, etc.

With the Skillcast online Gifts and Hospitality Register you can run this workflow efficiently and analyse the data over time to ensure compliance with the requirements of the Bribery Act.

Whistleblowing

Blowing the whistle about internal and external malpractices is vital for the functioning and survival of companies.

Whistleblowing is the process by which employees can report suspected or actual improper conduct. It is done in confidence or anonymously, which is vital as staff may feel unsafe or unable to report such behaviour to management.

A solution is to create an online whistleblowing register, enabling your employees to report any suspicion or knowledge of bribery breaches anonymously.

Whistleblowing Training Presentation

Third-party Due Diligence

You may need third parties to complete disclosures or declarations regarding compliance with bribery laws, regulations or internal standards.

Using email of paper-based processes is slow, inefficient and creates unnecessary duplication.

Using our online compliance declarations will help you to streamline the collection, analysis and management of due diligence for associated persons outside your organisation.

Staff Surveys

Your employees and managers are your first line of defence against bribery risks, and their knowledge about the effectiveness of your compliance procedures and the nature of external threats is invaluable.

Principle 3 of The UK Government's Bribery Act Guidance requires companies to assesses their bribery risks. Such surveys can uncover "(i) deficiencies in employee training, skills and knowledge, (ii) incentives for excessive risk-taking, (iii) lack of clarity in policies/procedures for gifts, hospitality charitable etc, (iv) lack of clear financial controls."

Further on, Principle 6 reiterates that "Staff surveys and questionnaires provide an important source of information on the effectiveness and a means by which employees and other associated persons can inform the continuing improvement of anti-bribery policies."

Skillcast Compliance Survey Tool can help you to conduct robust, anonymous staff surveys that ensure the widest coverage and enable employees to feedback to you in confidence.

Free Anti-bribery Resources

We have 60+ free compliance training aids, including assessments, best practice guides, checklists, desk-aids, eBooks, games, handouts, posters, training presentations and even e-learning modules.

Anti-bribery Training Presentation

Our free interactive training presentation will enable you to give a time-efficient presentation to your staff.

Teach your team about UK Anti-Bribery laws and red flags they should be wary of to ensure they don't become complicit or victims of this crime.

Free 6AMLD Training Presentation

Anti-bribery Good Practice Guide

Our simple good practice guide will help your employees learn anti-bribery good practices and avoid bad ones. Familiarise yourself and your colleagues with anti-bribery regulations by outlining examples of good and bad practices provided by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

Free Anti-Bribery Good Practice Guide

Anti-bribery E-learning Module

Transparency International UK has partnered with Skillcast to produce the gold standard of anti-bribery training - 'Doing Business Without Bribery'.

It provides comprehensive anti-corruption training for front-line staff. It will help you to prevent and resist bribery more effectively and comply with the UK Bribery Act.

Free Anti-Bribery E-learning Module

Gifts & Hospitality Checklist

Often it's tricky knowing where bribery starts and goodwill ends.

We have created a handy checklist in PDF and editable Word formats. It contains 10 tips to help your team feel more confident when dealing with gifts.

Free Corporate Gifts Checklist

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