This week has seen yet another large scale corporate corruption scandal come to light following a BBC Panorama investigation into British American Tobacco.
In a documentary broadcast on Monday it was alleged that BAT, the UK’s fifth largest company, paid bribes to government officials in Africa with the intention of undermining anti-smoking legislation and made facilitation payments to damage rival companies.
Former employee turned whistleblower Paul Hopkins said he was told bribery was the cost of doing business in Africa, but bribery in any country contravenes the UK Bribery Act 2010.
So, ahead of International Corruption Day on the 9th December, what can your business do to combat corruption?
Getting training right is vital in tackling corruption. Companies judged to have failed to prevent bribery from taking place can be subject to potentially unlimited fines as well as reputational damage.
Both committing bribery and being bribed are criminal offences and, as highlighted in the documentary when a government minister was allegedly bought a flight in exchange for undermining an anti-smoking bill, giving and receiving gifts can also constitute bribery.
Raising awareness levels throughout your organisation is therefore a must. To help businesses do this, DeltaNet provide a range of eLearning including three Anti-Bribery and Corruption courses designed to meet the requirements of various job roles.