THE NEW ANTI-CORRUPTION STANDARD OR HOW TO COMBAT BRIBERY
- Written by Jeni Toma, Standardization Expert, Commercial Directorate, ASRO
If we want to combat bribery, we can do it now more than ever because ISO has developed an international standard that has also been adopted as Romanian standard: SR ISO 37001: 2017, Anti-bribery management systems. User guide requirements.
How harmful is bribery? It erodes justice, undermines human rights and is an obstacle to fighting poverty. From the economic point of view, bribery increases business, goods and services costs, it lowers their quality, leads to uncertainty in trade, distorts competition, destroys confidence in institutions and affects the proper and efficient functioning of markets.
During the past 15 years, many countries have made efforts at national and international level to fight bribery.
Treaties have been signed and legislation has been improved, and many countries can now condemn crimes of bribe taking and bribe giving. The governments have made progress in fighting bribery through international agreements such as the Convention on combating the bribery of foreign public officials in international business transactions, adopted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and by the United Nations Convention against Corruption and by national laws.
However, laws are not enough to solve this problem. Organizations have the responsibility to proactively contribute to combating bribery. How? By implementing the SR ISO 37001: 2017 standard, namely by implementing an anti-bribery management system and by the leadership’s commitment to establish a culture of integrity, transparency, openness and compliance.
The anti-bribery policy and the management system that supports it support organizations to avoid or reduce the costs, risks and damages coming from the involvement in bribery, promote confidence in trade negotiations and improve their reputation.
SR ISO 37001: 2017, Anti-bribery management systems. User guide requirements reflects good international practice, points to specific requirements and provides guidance for setting, implementing, maintaining, analysing and improving an anti-bribery management system. The system can work independently or can be integrated into a global management system. This document deals with bribery in the public sector as well as in the private and non-profit ones.
This document reflects good international practice and can be used in all jurisdictions. It applies to small, medium size and large organizations in all sectors, including the public, private and non-profit sectors. The risks of bribery to which an organization is exposed vary depending on factors such as the size of the organization, the locations and sectors it operates in, and the nature, scale and complexity of its activities. This document specifies the implementation of policies, procedures and controls by the organisation, that are reasonable and proportionate to the risks of bribery to which it is exposed.
SR ISO 37001: 2017 standard, Anti-bribery management systems. User guide requirements is a certification standard and may be purchased from ASRO (www.asro.ro).