Anti-bribery and corruption—charitable and political donations FAQs
Anti-bribery and corruption—charitable and political donations FAQs

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

  • Anti-bribery and corruption—charitable and political donations FAQs
  • What are charitable donations?
  • What are political donations?
  • How do bribery laws apply to charitable and political donations?
  • How can charitable and/or political donations put us at risk?
  • How do we manage that risk?
  • Is due diligence necessary for charitable and/or political donations?
  • What do I need to do if I want to make a donation on behalf of [insert organisation name]?
  • Do the restrictions in the Charitable and political donations policy apply even if I’m donating my own money?

We run our business[es] with integrity. All of us must work together to ensure our business[es] remain[s] untainted by bribery and corruption.

This FAQ document, which is integral to that effort, guides us on how we can best achieve our business goals in a way that is consistent with our commitment to counter bribery and corruption.

What are charitable donations?

A charitable donation is a gift made by an individual or company to a non-profit organisation or charity.

A charity means any body of persons or trust established for charitable purposes only.

A charitable donation can include giving or providing cash, venues, equipment, personnel time or other benefit to a charity or to an individual or organisation nominated by or connected with a charity.

Most charities have no connection with politics and no decision making role or influence over procurement decisions, and so there is minimal risk that a charitable donation to them could be corrupt or perceived to be corrupt. Indeed, many organisations see charitable giving as an important part of their corporate social responsibility efforts.

Charitable donations do still carry risk, however; they can be a conduit for corrupt payments, eg a government official in negotiations with a business may disclose that they are on