When is a gift not a gift? When it’s a bribe.
For many, corporate hospitality oils the wheels of commerce. But where do you draw the line?
Bribes, incentives, and inducements are not just a matter of used banknotes stuffed in brown envelopes. Expenses, corporate settlement of personal bills, gifts, and hospitality can all be used to influence business partners, clients, and contractors.
How to implement an ABMS
An Introduction to Anti-Bribery Management Systems (BS 10500) explains how to implement an anti-bribery management system (ABMS), aligned to international best practice, from initial gap analysis to due diligence management:
An introduction to BS 10500, a British Standard for ABMS
An explanation of an ABMS
Management processes within an ABMS
Implementing an ABMS
Risk assessment in due diligence
Whistleblowing and bribery investigations
Internal auditing and corrective action
Registration to BS 10500
It provides helpful guidance on the importance of clearly defining policies; logging gifts and hospitality in auditable records; ensuring a consistent approach across the organization ; controls for contractors; facilitation payments; charitable and political donations; risk assessment in due diligence; whistle-blowing and bribery investigations; and internal auditing and corrective action.
Not only will an ABMS help your organization prove its probity by reducing your organization’s exposure to bribery, it can also be adapted to most legal or compliance systems.
An ethical approach to business is not just a legal obligation but a way to protect your reputation.
About the author
Alan Field, MA, LL.B (Hons), PgC, MCQI CQP, MIIRSM, AIEMA, GIFireE, GradIOSH is a Chartered Quality Professional, an IRCA Registered Lead Auditor and member of the Society of Authors.
Alan has particular expertise in auditing and assessing anti-bribery management systems to BS 10500 and public-sector counter-fraud systems to ISO9001. Alan has many years’ experience with quality and integrated management systems in the legal, financial, property services, and project management sectors in auditing, assessment, and gap analysis roles.
Your company’s integrity is important. An Introduction to Anti-Bribery Management Systems shows you how to maintain and prove it.