What is a bribe?
This is a question that we have been asked a few times from various people therefore this is a question that clearly needs answered.
This blog post will outline:
- What a bribe is
- An employees responsibility
- Governing body policies
- Challenges of bribery
- Bribery training course
What Is A Bribe?
Simply a bribe is:
“dishonestly persuade (someone) to act in one’s favour by a gift of money or other inducement”
While a bribe does not need to be actual money. It can be any form of advantage, offered, requested or received.
A contract does not need to have been won for a corruption offence to have been committed.
Similarly, a recipient does not need to benefit personally from a bribe – it may be the intended beneficiary is a third party or a company.
Finally, bribery can occur in the private as well as the public sector – it is not just about our relationship with public officials.
The prevention, detection and reporting of bribery is the responsibility of all employees.
Suitable channels of communication by which employees or others can report confidentially any suspicion of bribery will be maintained.
Employees who are suspected of involvement in bribery or corruption will be subject to disciplinary procedure.
Governing Body Policies
The Government considers that procedures put in place by commercial organisations wishing to prevent bribery being committed on their behalf should be informed by six principles.
These are set out on GOV.UK Website page 21-31.
The procedures set out by the government body is outcome focussed and designed to flexible in order to work around each different case.
This means that there is a huge variety of circumstances that commercial organisations can find themselves in.
Challenges Of Bribery
There will always be different challenges faced by different statures of business considering smaller organisations will face completely different challenges compared to a large corporate entities.
The outcome should always be fairly similar and effective with regards to anti-bribery procedures.
Influx Recruitment and Training
At Influx we are ISO accredited in 9001, 14001 and 18001 and we have our own anti bribery policy which you can download and view by clicking this link.
We have also launched our very own training portal call Influx Training, on this platform you will be able to complete a CPD E-learning Bribery Act Awareness course and receive a certificate once you have passed the test.
Over To You …
- Have you ever had any challenges with bribery?
- Have you been placed in a difficult situation before where someone has bribed you?
Pop your comments below, we’d love to hear from you.