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ISO 37001 2016 (ISO 37001) Anti-bribery management systems

ISO 37001 2016 (ISO 37001) Anti-bribery management systems

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Authors: BSI
Publishers: BSI
Format: PDF
Published: 01 Oct 2016
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Anti-bribery management systems – Requirements with guidance for use

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Bribery is a social, moral, economic and political problem, and one of enormous magnitude: a ccording to the OECD, more than US$1 trillion of bribes are paid each year.

As part of the government’s efforts to tackle the issue, the Bribery Act 2010 created a new offence under which a commercial organisation may be prosecuted and fined if a person associated with it accepts, offers, gives or receives a bribe while trying to obtain or retain business advantage.

However, the corresponding guidance from the Ministry of Justice makes it clear that “the commercial organisation will have a full defence if it can show that despite a particular case of bribery it nevertheless had adequate procedures in place to prevent persons associated with it from bribing”.

An anti-bribery management system (ABMS) provides those “adequate procedures”.


Product overview

ISO 37001:2016 sets out the requirements, and provides guidance, for establishing, implementing, maintaining, reviewing a nd improving an ABMS.

An ABMS can either stand alone or be incorporated into an integrated management system.

The Standard addresses:

  • Bribery in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors
  • Bribery by the organisation
  • Bribery by the organisation's personnel acting on the organisation's behalf or for its benefit
  • Bribery by the organisation's business associates acting on the organisation's behalf or for its benefit
  • Bribery of the organisation
  • Bribery of the organisation's personnel in relation to the organisation's activities
  • Bribery of the organisation's business associates in relation to the organisation's activities
  • Direct and indirect bribery (e.g. a bribe offered or accepted through or by a third party)

While it is impossible to completely eliminate the risk of bribery, ISO 37001 can help organisations implement reasonable and proportionate measures designed to prevent, detect a nd respond to bribery.

ISO 37001:2016 is applicable to all organisations regardless of their type, size and nature of activity, and whether they operate in the public, private or not-for-profit sectors.

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