UK Government should not dilute the proposed Bribery Act says the Chartered Institute of Building.
Following the landmark Bill last year which made bribery illegal overseas it was expected that the Bribery Act itself would come into force in April. But with criticism surrounding the accompanying guidance the Ministry of Justice has confirmed it seeks to make further improvement that will make it more practical and comprehensive for business.
Michael Brown Deputy Chief Executive of CIOB said, "The Act is paramount for UK industry to maintain its reputation globally and to continue to set the highest benchmark of professionalism. Getting the balance right between those high standards and legislation which doesn't put UK business at a serious disadvantage is crucial.
"Bribery has no place in construction and actually takes money out of the industry. For any organisation not already in the mindset we strongly advise they formally develop an anti-bribery and corruption culture led by the boardroom, with senior staff responsible and accountable."
The CIOB recommends that organisations should review their internal policies, including, but not limited to those below, ensuring procedures are in place should a claim result:
. A clear statement of an anti-bribery and corruption culture;
. Board-level responsibility and accountability for anti-bribery and corruption issues;
. The appointment of a senior officer with responsibility for the programme;
. Documented policies and procedures;
. A risk assessment that is specific to the organisation;
. Disciplinary processes that provide for individual accountability;
. Financial controls and record keeping to minimise the risk of bribery;
. Training for all staff to ensure the dissemination of an anti-bribery and corruption culture.
The CIOB is a member of the Anti Corruption Forum which is an alliance of UK business associations, professional institutions, civil society organisations and companies with interests in the domestic and international infrastructure, construction and engineering sectors. The Forum's objective is to help create a business environment that is free from corruption.
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