An anti-bribery compliance is something that many companies currently have in effect. A compliance of this nature prohibits anyone working for a particular organization to engage in any activity that may be related to accepting/ taking or making bribes.
Bribes can best be defined as accepting money, gifts or favors in exchange for an action that ultimately benefits an individual or organization in the long run. Bribes can be intended to sway a person or persons to making a certain decision that will benefit another person or organization in some way.
For example, paying someone money to make sure the outcome of an event is decided in favor of the person or organization initiating the bribe. A person or persons can accept a bribe in order to make sure a majority of votes favors one particular side. Basically fixing something or an event to favorable to one side or another.
Accepting or initiating bribes is illegal. However, the problem that is frequently encountered is proving that bribery took place and also proving certain parties were involved in this serious offense.
Therefore, to make sure that bribery does not occur within a particular organization an anti-bribery program must be monitored and enforced. Policies related to this program should be enforced by company heads and may actually become part of an employment contract.
Anti-Bribery Compliance & Employee Contract:
A compliance policy that prohibits bribery may become part of an employee contract. A contract of this nature must be signed and recorded by appropriate company officials. Once a policy of this nature is enforced anyone going against or disregarding such an order will be subject to applicable remediation action.
Any issues concerning bribery are taken very seriously. It is best to have any anti-bribery compliance policies in writing so that each employee or participant understands the policy.
Consequences For Violation of Compliance:
A policy of this kind makes it clear that any action related to initiating a bribe or accepting a bribe will not be tolerated under any circumstance and appropriate action will be taken if a policy is violated.
If a policy involving bribery is violated it may become a legal issue. Once a legal issue arises it is then in the jurisdiction of the courts. The courts will ultimately make the final decision in this very grave matter.