2.1 What is Bribery? Copy

Bribery is a criminal offence. The legal definition of bribery is very wide, and the penalties are severe with unlimited fines and up to ten years imprisonment.

Bribery is defined as giving someone a financial or other advantage to induce them to perform their functions or activities improperly, or to reward them for having done so.


Giving a financial or other advantage to someone you know is not allowed to receive it is also bribery.

Whilst hospitality is not prohibited public officials are subject to strict rules forbidding them from accepting any hospitality or other advantages.

Giving a financial or other advantage to a foreign public official intending to influence them in their duties is bribery.

A bribe need not involve cash or other financial asset. It can be any sort of advantage.

Offering, promising or requesting a bribe is just as illegal as actually paying or receiving a bribe.

All forms of bribery are strictly prohibited. If you are unsure about whether a particular act constitutes bribery, raise it with your manager.

You must not threaten or retaliate against another person who has refused to offer or accept a bribe or who has raised concerns about possible bribery or corruption.

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