An anti-bribery management system is designed to impose an anti-bribery culture in an organization and to implement appropriate controls, which will increase the chance of detecting bribery and reducing its incidence.
ISO 37001 specifies requirements and provides guidance for establishing, implementing, maintaining, reviewing and improving an anti-bribery management system. The system can be stand-alone or can be integrated into an overall management system. It covers bribery in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, including bribery by and against an organization or its staff, and bribes paid or received through or by a third party. The bribery can take place anywhere, be of any value and can involve financial or non-financial advantages or benefits.
The anti-bribery management system, which is based on a number of measures and means of control, including support guidelines, specifies requirements on the following aspects:
- Anti-bribery policy and procedures;
- Management leadership, commitment and responsibility;
- Training in the spirit of fighting bribery;
- Designation of a person to oversee compliance with this policy;
- Due diligence on projects and business associates;
- Financial, commercial and contractual controls, as well as in the field of acquisitions;
- Reporting, monitoring, investigation and review actions, as well as audits;
- Corrective actions and continual improvement.
What benefits will it bring to my business or organization?
ISO 37001 is designed to help your organization implement an anti-bribery management system or enhance the controls you currently have. It requires implementing a series of measures such as adopting an anti-bribery policy, appointing someone to oversee compliance with that policy, vetting and training employees, undertaking risk assessments on projects and business associates, implementing financial and commercial controls, and instituting reporting and investigation procedures.