Who should use this standard assessment
Bribery and Corruption is a growing area for concern in businesses around the world, with many organisations finding themselves with little or no defence against prosecution, financial losses or exposure to lengthy prison sentences. Transparency and clarity are key to helping combat bribery risk, legal damage and reputational damage, both within organisations and in their partners and supply chains.
Organisations who wish to avoid high-risk business practices and run a foundational assurance program on their suppliers and partners for operating in compliance with legislation, such as the Bribery Act (2010), can use this Standard Assessment within Rizikon Assurance. This will assist with identifying and resolving corrupt practices in a risk proportional manner, helping to ensure compliance efficiently.
How this Standard Assessment was developed
There is a wealth of different legislation and guidance notes available from government agencies that lay out specific rules and principles on Bribery and Corruption. This Assessment has been based on the cumulative information contained in the above, as well from insight provided by leading NGOs in the field.
Specifically, the Home Office Bribery and Corruption Assessment Template, published on the 15th of December 2016, acted as a good foundation. Much of the data used for the scoring in this assessment comes from Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index 2017, published in February 2018.
Questions, sections and scoring
The structure of the Anti-Bribery And Corruption Standard Assessment consists of an initial section on general information about the company, before covering potential risks of corruption and gathering information about the core financial-, business- and networking-practices in order to identify key risk markers. The next section covers the more systemic risks of corruption, and checks for general compliance with legislation and best practice. Finally, it covers information about employees, managers and other stakeholders, including any relevant sanctions or legal proceedings.
The assessment is scored on a tiered basis – answers can be provided that are either scored: Okay, Low-, Medium- or High-risk throughout parts of the assessment. In particular, locations based questions are scored according to their corruption rating in the CPI. These values are summed and the overall assessment score is calculated as a fraction of the maximum possible score. A report will highlight remediation actions needed to reduce their overall risk score.