New podcast: When does a gift become a bribe?

Anti-bribery expert Alan Field is our December author of the month. Look out for exclusive interviews with Alan as well as guest blogs and discounts on his products.

In this week’s podcast, Alan explains the differences between a gift and a bribe, and discusses what policies an organisation should have in place for giving and receiving gifts from clients.

Listen here.

Accepting and receiving gifts – key facts

When implementing an ABMS (anti-bribery management system), gifts are always a hot topic. However, before you start drafting policies, there are some things you need to know:

1. Accepting and receiving bribes is unethical and illegal.
2. Gifts or hospitality that are properly recorded and authorised are fine so long as the costs incurred are proportionate and reasonable.
3. Senior staff shouldn’t see gifts and hospitality budgets as a perk of their package.
4. Even if a customer is blue chip, this doesn’t necessarily reduce the risk. They might still – unwittingly – be employing a corrupt individual.

Getting to know Alan Field

Alan is a Chartered Quality Professional with expertise in auditing and assessing ABMSs to ISO 37001 and public-sector counter-fraud systems to ISO 9001. He has a wealth of experience in quality and integrated management systems in the legal, financial, property and project management sectors in auditing, assessment and gap analysis roles.

Listen to Alan’s first interview here.

Alan’s ITGP products include:

ISO 37001 – An Introduction to Anti-Bribery Management Systems
This book explains how to implement an ABMS that meets the requirements of ISO 37001, from the initial gap analysis to due diligence management.

ISO 37001:2016 ABMS Documentation Toolkit
This toolkit enables your organisation to roll out an ABMS in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost of building your own from scratch.

20% discount on all Alan’s products

For December only, save 20% discount on all Alan’s products when you enter the discount code FIELD20 at the ITGP checkout.