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Consultation on appropriate anti-bribery procedures

 

Consultation on appropriate anti-bribery procedures  

The Ministry of Justice is consulting on the procedures that
commercial organisations should put in place to prevent persons associated with
them from carrying out acts of bribery so as to be able to rely on the ‘adequate
anti-bribery procedures in place’ defence to a charge of failing to prevent
bribery.

Under the Bribery Act 2010, which comes into force in April 2011, an
organisation will be able to rely on the statutory defence to a charge of
failing to prevent bribery under S.7, if they have adequate anti-bribery
procedures in place. The Ministry is consulting
on ‘six principles for bribery prevention’ to be used as a flexible guide in
deciding on the appropriate procedures for an organisation.

The six principles for bribery prevention measures being proposed are:
(I) Risk assessment; (ii) Top level commitment; (iii) Due diligence; (iv) Clear,
Practical and Accessible Policies and Procedures; (v) Effective implementation;
and (vi) Monitoring and review. Consultation closes on 8 November 2010.

September 2010

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