Most people would claim that they could spot a bribe if they saw one. But not all bribes in business are as obvious as handing over a big briefcase filled with money.
In the UK, bribery in the workplace is a serious problem with 71% of citizens considering corruption to be a major issue. There is a need to bring awareness to the differences between kindness and bribery, and to distinguish the very fine line between a gift and a bribe.
Bribery is a gesture intended to sway an individual’s decisions or actions by offering something of value. Bribes are often business-motivated and used to:
As you can see a bribe can come in many forms, and for many reasons. By knowing what a bribe looks like, and why they are bribing you, you’ll be able to spot and stop it.
Unfortunately, even though you know what a bribe looks like, bribery within the workplace is often a grey area. After all, who’s to say what is a kind act and what is malicious?
A bribe can be more than just a monetary payment. For example, if an employer offers to fast-track a promotion, but only if you do something for them in return, then that is a bribe even though no money is changing hands.
Since bribery is such a major problem, the Bribery Act (2010) was introduced to enhance and amend UK law on bribery, including foreign bribery, in order to better address the requirements of the 1997 OECD anti-bribery Convention.
Internationally, the Bribery Act (2010) is among the most rigid legislation, introducing a tough liability offence for companies and partnerships who fail to prevent bribery.
The Bribery Act (2010) covers four prime offences:
Some of these offences might be more applicable to your organisation than others, but this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have an understanding of them.
Bribes can find their way to your staff at every level of your organisation, from giving a gift to a decision-maker on a deal to bribing a cleaner to stick an infected USB drive into your network.
Preventing bribery and corruption in your organisation starts by raising awareness amongst your staff, teaching them best practices and what to do if they ever receive a bribe. Here are our top tips:
To educate your staff about how to avoid bribery and corruption in your organisation, enrol your workforce on our Anti-Bribery course today.