Think the UK Bribery Act 2010 doesn’t affect you? Think again!

Bribery and corruption may sound like it only affects larger organisations, but the UK Bribery Act 2010 proves that companies of all sizes need to make sure they’re compliant with UK legislation.

EssentialSkillz, the global leader in online safety training and compliance software, reminds businesses why they need to ensure they’re up to speed with the current law on corporate bribery.

Research from Transparency International UK in 2011 revealed that 1.9% of respondents in the UK had paid a bribe in the previous 12-month period. Additionally, a survey carried out in 2006 in the construction sector reported that 41% had been offered a bribe at least once in their career.

The UK Bribery Act 2010 was designed to help eradicate bribery and corruption and promote business protection. The legislation includes both active and passive bribery. Active bribery refers to the illegal act of offering, promising or giving bribes. Passive bribery includes requesting and agreeing to receive or accept a bribe.

Hospitality should be reasonable and proportionate and clear records should be kept and failure to uphold legislation could result in an unlimited fine and/or a custodial sentence.

A clear and well-defined anti-bribery and corruption policy should be a central to a business’s culture and all employees must understand and adhere to that policy.

Employers’ duties include the provision of regular training and to make sure policies are upheld, and with our busy lives, eLearning courses can be the best way for organisations to ensure that they comply with legislation.

The UK Bribery Act 2010 consolidates existing law on bribery and corruption, enabling prosecutors and courts to deal with acts of bribery more effectively. eLearning courses on the Act explain the standards expected when carrying out business affairs.

Ensuring your Bribery and Corruption policy has been read and understood by staff can be a difficult task to manage, so smart systems that help automate policy and document roll-out, providing a full audit trail, are ideal for HR professionals wishing to efficiently manage their compliance processes.

Such systems provide intuitive tools to help companies push policies and documents out to their workforce and receive confirmation when they have been read and understood. Pushing a new policy out can take just a few minutes and there is no limit to the number of policies that can be distributed.

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