The government is clamping down on bribery, but many are at risk of being accused without even knowing it.
You can receive up to 10 years in prison if found guilty of giving or receiving bribes
To raise awareness of the issue, and to ensure that you aren’t unwittingly accepting bribes, we have the following top tips, ask yourself:
- Should you really be accepting that gift? It doesn’t have to be big, expensive gifts either. Sometimes, an accumulation of small gifts over time can be interpreted as bribery.
- Is the hospitality timed to coincide with a business decision being made? Is it the first time the person has offered such hospitality? Is it being offered only to the people who are making a particular business decision? If the answer to all these is yes, it could be considered bribery
- Be wary of clients offering services for free, ask why they are making the offer. Is this a gesture of goodwill to cement a strong relationship, or is it a bribe?
- Are they really doing you a favour? Sometimes it’s difficult to differentiate between a “nice turn” and a bribe.
- Do “mates’ rates” exist or is it just an elaborate bribe? If you’re receiving goods or services for a knock-down price, you need to flag it and ensure there’s nothing untoward happening.