Bribery Act 2010

The Bribery Act 2011 contains clauses that effectively mean that if a company has anti-bribery procedures in place, it will be treated more leniently if a case of bribery emerges (Singleton and CIPS)

Information about Bribery Act 2010

The Bribery Act 2010 was published by the Ministry of Justice in March 2010, and came into force on 1 July 2011. The Act details general offences in relation to bribing another person or being bribed and a specific offence relating to bribing foreign public officials. It also covers bribery offences and attempts to influence decision-makers by offering benefits other than what can be legitimately offered as part of the tendering process (Ministry of Justice, 2010).

The Act creates a new offence under which organisations can be liable for actions taken by their members if they fail to prevent bribery (Ministry of Justice, 2010). For example, if a senior manager commits bribery to secure a deal, this offence can be attributed to the employer. The latter, however, can avoid liability if it offers sufficient proof of appropriate anti-bribery procedures were in place at the time of the offence by its employee. Therefore, it is recommended that all contracts with agents, subcontractors, distributors, consultants and other parties contain clauses addressing the issue of bribery.

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