Remuneration and promotion structures are one of the most powerful ways that companies communicate their values and priorities to staff. Section nine of the Austrade publication "Anti-bribery and Corruption (ABC): A guide for Australians doing business overseas" gives a simple overview of how compliance, risk management and ethical behavior can be reinforced through incentive structures (and how the wrong behaviors can also be reinforced). This resource is part of Austrade’s “Guide to exporting”.
This practical guide offers support to businesses in the resource development industry to design and implement site-level grievance mechanisms. It includes solutions to common challenges, including, building community awareness of and trust in site-level grievance mechanisms, creating organisational buy-in to make these mechanisms effective, and growing an internal culture to support the resolution of grievances.
A practical corruption glossary that provides definitions with animated images. Useful as a training tool to help staff develop their understanding of corruption terminology, including terms such as 'facilitation payments'. Each term includes a paragraph defining the phrase, as well as a description of why it matters.
A useful and simply laid out tool that offers suppliers guidance on developing a site-based grievance mechanism for their workers. This resource applies the United Nations Guiding Principles effectiveness criteria for grievance mechanisms to clearly illustrate good practice in implementing such mechanisms, that align with universally accepted standards. Although tailored to the retail industry, this resource is useful for other sectors with complex supply chains.
Undertake due diligence with these five practical online tools when seeking to prevent and address bribery and corruption in business operations. These include guidance on public procurement due diligence and interactive risk assessment tools. Flowcharts are provided to support businesses in screening partners, agents and contractors. The tools are provided as part of GAN Integrity’s guide to building a compliance program.
The United Kingdom's Serious Fraud Office provides an index of publicly listed enforcement actions, including matters related to foreign bribery. Access brief overviews of bribery-related cases that include the nature of the investigation, date of the investigation announcement, status of the case and associated case press releases. Cases are classified under criminal investigations, proceeds of crime, and deferred prosecution agreements.
As Australia's corporate, markets and financial services regulator, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) is cable of receiving reports of misconduct. This resource outlines how ASIC assesses reports of misconduct, what it does with such reports, how it communicates with a person who makes a misconduct report, and other issues including confidentiality and whistleblowing. It also includes a link on how to report misconduct to ASIC.
This news story reports on the 2017 case where three individuals pleaded guilty and were convicted of conspiring to bribe an Iraqi foreign public official to secure infrastructure contracts for their construction company. One, a middleman who facilitated the bribe, was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment. The other two, directors of the company, were sentenced to imprisonment for three years and four months and fined A$250,000 each.
This resource offers a high-level overview on how your organisation’s anti-bribery and corruption procedures might be designed to mitigate identified risks as well as prevent deliberate unethical conduct by associated persons. It explains features of a proportionate approach to developing anti-bribery procedures and clearly sets out characteristics of such an approach. This resource is part of Austrade’s suite of anti-bribery materials.
Understand regulatory expectations, seek to comply with legal obligations and manage whistleblowing in accordance with the Corporations Act 2001 using this guide on whistleblowing policies. The guide offers background context to whistleblowing policies. It also provides detailed steps, examples and good practice tips on how to establish, implement and maintain a whistleblower policy.
Practical guidance in the form of seven considerations is provided to support business to establish and implement internal whistleblowing programs as part of their efforts to tackle corruption. The document includes a summary of the international corruption landscape and a selected overview of national and international whistleblowing laws and conventions.
In 2019 the Serious Fraud Office in the United Kingdom (UK) entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with a small UK resources sector company concerning bribery in South Korea. The company was required to disgorge its profits from the bribery but did not receive a penalty because of its small size and the fact that it had thoroughly investigated and self-reported the issues.
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.
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.
Access practical guidance to create an effective anti-corruption ethics and compliance program for your business. This comprehensive guide explains the international legal framework for combatting corruption. It sets out the principles and processes for undertaking risk assessments and developing and implementing an anti-corruption ethics and compliance program. It specifically identifies challenges and opportunities for small and medium sized enterprises.