The UK Bribery Act 2010 took full effect on 1st July 2011 and – like it or not – your business may be affected by its provisions.
Under the legislation, businesses are faced with onerous new responsibilities. Not only is it their duty to ensure that their employees do not pay bribes or act corruptly, but they are also potentially responsible for the activities of people acting on their behalf – agents, freelance contractors, representative agencies abroad, suppliers and anybody else working for, or with them. A corrupt action taken by one of these entities could land you and your business in trouble, facing adverse publicity, unlimited fines, and the need to take expensive remedial action.
However, all is not lost. So long as a business can show that it has “adequate procedures” in place, to prevent corrupt actions being taken on its behalf, then it will have a solid defence against any potential problems. This is where I can help you.
I have significant hands-on experience of putting such procedures in place, and training a world-wide workforce about the implications of the Bribery Act and how to prepare for it. I believe that many businesses are struggling to implement appropriate systems and procedures and do not have the necessary resources or knowledge to protect themselves properly.
I can help you find your way through this complex and challenging task. Please contact me for a no-obligation discussion.