Do you want to stop Bribery and Corruption?

Corruption and bribery affects any organisation, large or small, public or not-for-profit. It has the potential to cause severe harm to your business, including financial loss, dire legal consequences, damage to your brand, company’s reputation and sustainable development. Therefore anti-bribery needs to be managed correctly and effectively.

Corruption and bribery - what is it and what does it look like?

Corruption is the abuse of public or private office for personal gain. It includes acts of bribery, embezzlement, nepotism or state capture. It is often associated with and reinforced by other illegal practices, such as bid rigging, fraud or money laundering.  It could be the multinational company that pays a bribe to win the public contract, despite proposing a sub-standard offer; the politician redirecting public investments or the public official embezzling funds for school renovations to build his private villa. It could be the manager recruiting an ill-suited friend for a high-level position or the local official demanding bribes from ordinary citizens to get access to a new water pipe.

Address bribery and corruption in all its forms

  • Public, private and not-for-profit sectors
  • By the organisation itself
  • By the organisation’s personnel acting on the organisation’s behalf or for its benefit
  • By the organisation’s business associates acting on the organisation’s behalf or for its benefit
  • Of the organisation
  • Of the organisation’s personnel in relation to the organisation’s activities
  • Of the organisation’s business associates in relation to the organisation’s activities
  • Direct and indirect bribery (e.g., a bribe offered or accepted through or by a third party)

The solution – ISO 37001:2016 ABMS

ISO has developed a standard – ISO 37001:2016 ABMS – to help organisations promote an ethical business culture. “Designed to help your organisation implement an anti-bribery management system (ABMS), and/or enhance the controls you currently have. It helps to reduce the risk of bribery [and corruption] occurring and can demonstrate to your stakeholders that you have put in place internationally recognised good-practice anti-bribery [and anti-corruption] controls”.

This new standard mirrors numerous steps contained in the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (DOJ and SEC) and Good Practice Guidance on Internal Controls, Ethics and Compliance (OECD), Anti-Corruption Ethics and Compliance Handbook for Business (OECD), UK Bribery Act 2010 and the British Ministry of Justice’s Adequate Procedures document. ISO 37001 ABMS Standard is flexible and can be adapted to manage many types of bribery in addition to suiting any type of business locally or worldwide.

ISO 37001 certifies that your organisation has implemented reasonable and proportionate measures to prevent bribery. These measures involve top-level leadership, training, bribery risk assessment, due diligence adequacy, financial and commercial controls, reporting, audit, and investigation.

Address bribery!

The first step of demonstrating your organisation’s commitment to implementing an effective ISO 37001 ABMS is to commit to ISO 37001 training and/or certification. In order to offer you ISO 37001 training and/or certification, CRI Group launched an Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption ABAC® Center of Excellence.

ABAC® is an independent accredited certification body that operates through its global networks of certified ethics and compliance professionals, qualified auditors, financial and corporate investigators, certified fraud examiners, forensic analysts and accountants with diversified backgrounds. Providing a robust anti-bribery and anti-corruption program increases your company’s protection from unethical behaviour. An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure.

Why do you need our ABAC® program?

The ABAC® offers a complete suite of services and solutions designed to help organisations against bribery and corruption even when operating in multi-jurisdiction and multi-cultural environments. Corruption is everybody’s problem, and it cannot be prevented and detected if your employees aren’t provided with the information and training they need to combat it. ABAC© offers Introductory, Internal Auditor and Lead Auditor training (online and in-class training) to all personnel who are involved in the development, implementation and evaluation of their organisation’s ABMS and in coordinating anti-bribery compliance activities within the organisation. Whilst our Certification is a mitigating piece of evidence to regulators, prosecutors, or even courts that your company has taken meaningful steps in its efforts to prevent bribery and corruption.

ABAC® program helps ensure that your business has implemented a management system which prevents, detects and responds to bribery and complies with anti-bribery laws, internally and externally (i.e. agents, consultants, suppliers, distributors and other third-parties). ABAC© works with clients of all industries, sizes and organisation types to develop robust programs using the latest techniques and best practices that help foster an ethical business culture.

  1. Extensive and Effective Global Coverage
  2. Our vast network of Certified Fraud Examiners, Compliance Officers and Research Consultants possess diverse industry backgrounds and are strategically positioned across five continents. Our multi-national corporate intelligence and forensics network is based in Dubai and operates in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, North Africa and outlier territories where reliable information is difficult to obtain.
  3. Our professionals are acutely trained in international business compliance, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), UK Bribery Act, OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, Money Laundering Regulations and their associated developments. Business intelligence is gathered from regulators, industry observers, suppliers, competitors, distributors and even current/former customers.

ABAC© program can be tailored in accordance with your organisation’s requirements. Take this test and find out what are your needs.

Looking for ISO 37001 ABMS training?

At ABAC®, we understand how important ISO 37001 training is for your career and your company. A company’s own employees are its best protection against corruption. Statistics show that most corruption is detected internally. Give your employees the tools they need to prevent bribery and mitigate related risks. Achieving ISO 37001 training is a proactive way of demonstrating your organisation’s commitment to ethical sustainability. Your employees will be able to recognise any form of corruption, and report it. Interested in other ISO 37001 Anti-Bribery Management System courses? Visit ISO 37001 training page for more details.

ISO 37001 ABMS Certification process

1. AUDIT CONFIRMATION
At least three months before the commencement of Stage 1 Audit, our Client Account Manager will send an Audit Plan. This Audit Plan contains dates and breakdown of activities for your confirmation.

2. PRE-ASSESSMENT AUDIT (OPTIONAL)
Your organisation can opt to perform a Pre-Assessment Audit. This pre-assessment Audit identifies any possible gaps of your current Anti-Bribery Management System to meet the requirements of the ISO 37001 Standard. This increases your chance of successfully being recommended for ABMS Certification.

3. STAGE 1 AUDIT
At Stage 1 Audit, we conduct a documentation review – i.e. your existing policies and procedures which will produce a detailed audit report. The report will confirm whether you successfully pass to Stage 2.

4. STAGE 2 AUDIT
Stage 2 Audit is conducted on-site. The objective is to evaluate your management system implementation and its effectiveness across the business. If you successfully meet the audit requirements, you will move to Step 7.

5. SUBMISSION OF CORRECTIVE ACTION PLANS
If minor non-conformities are found during the Stage 2 Audit, your organisation will be required to submit a corrective action plan and its evidence within a 45 days period. In a case of major non-conformities, we will ask you to submit the corrective action plan within 90 days.

6. VERIFICATION OF CORRECTIVE ACTION PLANS
On a receipt of corrective action plan and evidence, our Lead Auditor will verify its compliance with ISO 37001 requirements. In a case of a minor non-conformity, the verification will be done off-site, whereas for major non-conformity, the verification will be done on-site in a follow-up audit.

7. RECOMMENDATION FOR CERTIFICATION
If your organisation is found to be compliant with ISO 37001:2016 requirements, our Lead Auditor will make a positive recommendation for ABMS certification to the Certification Committee.

8. CERTIFICATION DECISION
Once the Certification Committee receives the recommendation for certification, they review the case file and recommendation, and reach a decision to award or reject the ABMS Certification. If the Certification is rejected, the organisation is requested to provide further corrective actions (refer to step 5)

9. AWARDING CERTIFICATE
Congratulations – your organisation is awarded with an ABMS Certificate. Each issued certificate will have a unique certificate number and seal. The validity of a certificate is 3 years from the date of issuance. The status of the given certification can be verified by emailing info@ABACgroup.com or online ABACgroup.com/verify-certificate

10. CONTINUAL IMPROVEMENT & SURVEILLANCE
Surveillance Audits are planned over a three-year period and will ensure that the organisation is still compliant with ISO 37001 standard requirements.

11. RE-CERTIFICATION AUDIT
After the initial registration period is completed, the renewing of our ABAC Anti-Bribery Management System is seamless. For more information regarding re-certification please contact info@ABACgroup.com

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Prove that your business is ethical. 

Complete our FREE Highest Ethical Business Assessment (HEBA) & evaluate your current Corporate Compliance Program. Find out if your organisation’s compliance program is in the line with worldwide Compliance, Business Ethics, Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Frameworks. Let ABAC® experts prepare a complimentary gap analysis of your compliance program to evaluate if it meets “adequate procedures” requirements under UK Bribery Act, DOJ’s Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs Guidance and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

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Let us know if you have any questions, our experts are ready to help!

Huma Khalid

Scheme Manager, ABAC Center of Excellence

e: huma.k@ABACgroup.com
t: +44 777 652 4355, +971 521 042 433
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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