Anti-bribery and corruption—identifying and assessing bribery risks
Anti-bribery and corruption—identifying and assessing bribery risks

The following Practice Compliance guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Anti-bribery and corruption—identifying and assessing bribery risks
  • Prevention procedures—the six guiding principles
  • The risk assessment principle
  • Risk assessment procedures
  • What are the risks?
  • Sample risk assessment

Your procedures to prevent bribery and corruption must be proportionate to the risks you face and to the nature, scale and complexity of your activities.

Prevention procedures—the six guiding principles

Prevention procedures should be informed by the Ministry of Justice’s (MOJ) six principles:

  1. proportionate procedures

  2. top-level commitment

  3. risk assessment

  4. due diligence

  5. communication, including training

  6. monitoring and review

This Practice Note focuses on the third principle: risk assessment.

The risk assessment principle

The purpose of this principle is to promote the adoption of risk assessment procedures that are proportionate to the organisation’s size and structure and to the nature, scale and location of its activities. The fuller your understanding of the bribery and corruption risks your organisation faces, the more effective your efforts to prevent bribery are likely to be.

The principle requires you to assess the nature and extent of your potential external and internal risks of bribery or corruption being committed on your behalf by persons associated with it.

The assessment should be periodic, informed and documented.

It may be part of a more general risk assessment carried out in relation to business objectives, or you could produce a more specific stand-alone bribe

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