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I’m working in a country that is prone to bribery and corruption – what red flags does my team need to be aware of?

Australian companies operating internationally can be faced with local customs, expectations, and competitive pressure to bribe – even when this conduct is prohibited under the foreign country’s own laws as well as the laws of Australia and third-party countries.

With increasing global enforcement, companies that are not alive to bribery and corruption red flags may find themselves exposed to liability under multiple jurisdictions. These resources offer guidance on how your business can spot red flags and address warning signs within your business operations and in your interactions with associates, suppliers and sub-contractors. Also learn to identify risks and put in place adequate procedures to meet legal requirements so that your business can operate successfully and protect its investment and reputation.

Relevant resources

Ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption. Helps companies to understand and compare the corruption risks of operating in different countries. Useful for undertaking third party risk analysis and due diligence. Learn about regional trends, and the areas that have the greatest bribery and corruption risks.

To carry out effective risk assessments, Australian businesses operating overseas should be aware of the bribery and corruption risks in the country in which they operate. Designed for Australian exporters, this resource provides risk profiles for 50 countries, including the corruption rating, sectors where corruption may occur, and applicable laws and regulatory bodies. This resource is provided as part of Austrade's suite of anti-bribery materials.

A sector specific resource that provides a clear framework for understanding how corruption can get a foothold in mining approvals processes. It provides mining companies with a roadmap to understanding the vulnerabilities to corruption that exist in the mining approval regimes of jurisdictions across the world. It links to a detailed report with examples from 18 resource rich countries.

Identify red flags for bribery when dealing with business associates using the list of questions provided as part of Austrade’s anti-bribery materials. This resource will also support you to understand who is considered a business associate and how to manage any red flags and warning signs that are uncovered as part of your due diligence process. This resource forms part of Austrade’s suite of anti-bribery materials.

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Understand what constitutes a facilitation payment with this guide. This resource provides a list of examples, explains associated risks, and sets out the Australian law and Austrade policy in relation to facilitation payments. It also includes a brief hypothetical scenario and offers guidance on how to resist making facilitation payments. This resource forms part of Austrade’s suite of anti-bribery materials.

Recognise red flags for corruption in third party behaviours or activity using this list of common warning signs of corruption. Red flags are organised around the themes of reputational risk, government relationship, insufficient capabilities, type and method of compensation, and unusual circumstances. The webpage is available in three languages: English, Spanish and Portuguese.

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