Countering Bribery with International Standards
Towards the end of 2015 we witnessed the unprecedented investigation and later wave of criminal proceedings against the board of FIFA, the international governing body of association football, involving countless agencies including the FBI. These investigations eventuated in part due to the $100+ Million in bribes paid to FIFA officials.
Bribery may only appear to affect the richest in our society, however it goes much deeper. Bribery greatly reduces the quality of both products and services and it is also a factor in the increase in poverty.
This often widespread problem has been brought to the attention of millions across the globe, including ISO, the International Organization for Standardization, of whom develop and oversee many thousands of International Standards.
ISO 37001, the International Anti Bribery Management System Standard, is now in the DIS – Draft International Standard – Stage, and is open to comment and consultation through the appropriate national ISO Member (BSI in the United Kingdom).
Neill Stansbury, who is chairing the committee developing the standard, had the following to say regarding the new standard:
“ISO 37001 will help provide assurance to management, investors, business associates, personnel, and other stakeholders that an organisation is taking reasonable steps to prevent bribery”.
Whilst a defined standard, ISO 37001 will act as a huge force to tackle Bribery, ISO 9001 ensures traceability in your organisation. IMSM are well placed to consult with your organisation, to develop an ISO 9001 compliant Management System – please contact us today.