Anti-bribery and corruption—Gifts and hospitality FAQs
Anti-bribery and corruption—Gifts and hospitality FAQs

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

  • Anti-bribery and corruption—Gifts and hospitality FAQs
  • Do the same rules and regulations relating to gifts and hospitality apply in every country?
  • A vendor gave me a seasonal gift. May I accept it?
  • A prospective vendor offered us a gift card if we close the deal by the end of the month. May I accept the gift and award it in a raffle at our next team meeting?
  • I received a watch as a gift from one of our business partners. I know the value must exceed our policy limit of £[x]. What should I do?
  • May I buy a gift for a third party?
  • May I take a third party out for a meal or entertainment?
  • Are the standards the same for government officials as they are for commercial parties?
  • Do the restrictions in the Gifts and hospitality policy apply even if I spend my own money for gifts or entertainment?

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.

Do the same rules and regulations relating to gifts and hospitality apply in every country?

No. Rules and regulations differ in every country, and in the United States the rules and regulations are different for the federal government than for states and they differ among the different states.

[Insert organisation’s name] sets out the appropriate gift and hospitality limits in the countries where it does business in our [international permissible gifts/hospitality limits table].

A vendor gave me a seasonal gift. May I accept it?

You may accept infrequent gifts valued at no more than £[x] (or local currency equivalent), but even within these limits you must take care to avoid the appearance that