The United Nations Convention Against Corruption is a legally binding universal anti-corruption instrument. It covers five main areas: preventive measures, criminalisation and law enforcement, international cooperation, asset recovery, and technical assistance and information exchange. The prevention chapter is relevant to both public and private sectors. Published in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish.
When allegations of fraud or corruption arise, it is important to undertake a prompt and thorough investigation. This short 'how to' guide outlines the key steps to make an investigation effective. Be sure to also consider the 'whistleblowing' section of this site for more recent developments in obligations relating to whistleblowers.
This guidance document is designed to help businesses understand the procedures they can put in place to prevent bribery and meet the requirements of the UK Bribery Act 2010. The guidance sets out six guiding principles, supported by examples and hypothetical scenarios. The resource also gives an overview of sections relevant to businesses in the UK Act.
This detailed instruction manual for investigating corruption allegations can guide you through the internal investigation process. It is designed for investigations in the public sector, but the same principles will apply for internal investigations of fraud or corruption issues in the private sector. The 'whistleblowing' section of this site provides up to date guidance on recent developments in obligations relating to whistleblowers.
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.
See how your organisation’s anti-bribery and corruption policy compares with the policies of the top ASX listed companies. If your organisation does not yet have an anti-bribery and corruption policy, identify key features that you might incorporate into a future policy. This collection contains links to policies from large organisations across a variety of industries – including the financial, materials, mining, healthcare, real estate, consumer staples, telecommunications, IT, industrials and energy industries.
Foreign bribery is a serious offence attracting significant penalties. Under section 70.2 of the Criminal Code, individuals face a fine of up to AUD$2.2 million and 10 years imprisonment for the bribery of foreign public officials. Companies face even larger fines including up to 10% of their annual turnover. There are also offences for related misconduct, such as false accounting and money laundering.
Self-reporting is a significant first step in addressing suspected foreign bribery. This Guideline is designed to provide companies with information about how self-reporting will be taken into account by the CDPP when determining whether or not to commence a prosecution, and highlights the reasons why a company may choose to self-report including to comply with directors’ duties and limit liability. Information about early guilty pleas is also provided.
Parties to the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, including Australia, are required to criminalise bribery of foreign public officials in international business transactions. This fact sheet provides short explanations of the OECD, the Anti‑Bribery Convention, how the Convention is monitored and background to Australia’s enforcement of the Convention.
This short, 15 minute learning module can be used by businesses to help develop employees’ awareness of the foreign bribery offence. The module provides information about Australia’s anti-bribery policy, relevant laws and how to report foreign bribery. It features video interviews with Australian Federal Police representatives, links to relevant agencies and a short quiz, and supports users with accessibility requirements.
Launched in 2021, this interactive tools is designed for a diversity of small and medium sized enterprises. The tool supports businesses to implement corruption risk assessments throughout global supply chains. It offers a good first step for understanding what actions can be taken to improve business corruption risk assessments and provides a list of information sources to do so.
Putting in place an anti-bribery policy is an important part of establishing and maintaining adequate procedures to prevent bribery and corruption. Use this template as a starting point when creating a tailored anti-bribery policy for your business. Adapt this template to your business's specific operating risks, including the activities and geographies that present the highest risk of bribery and corruption issues.
This self-guided online tool provides junior mining companies operating in high-risk jurisdictions with practical strategies to help keep corruption out of new projects, with a particular focus on the licensing and permitting stages. Also available in a printable format, the guide features practical scenarios, sample policies and procedures, and other helpful resources.
This legislation proposes to strengthen Australia’s enforcement response to foreign bribery. It will introduce a new corporate offence for failure to prevent an associate (such as an employee, agent or subsidiary) from bribing a foreign public official and introduces a Commonwealth deferred prosecution agreement scheme for specified corporate offences related to bribery and other financial crimes.
Use this Word document template to quickly summarise results of risk assessments undertaken through compliance programs. Specific questions are provided to assess the risk of bribery and corruption for each country the business operates in, and sectors that may be more prone to bribery. This information can be used to identify risks and define business priorities. Download this risk assessment template from the GAN Compliance Program Guide.