The Bribery Act 2010 – Guidance
Bribery blights lives. Its immediate victims include rms thatlose out unairly. The wider victims are government and society,undermined by a weakened rule o law and damaged social andeconomic development. At stake is the principle o ree and aircompetition, which stands diminished by each bribe oered oraccepted.
Tackling this scourge is a priority or anyonewho cares about the uture o business, thedeveloping world or international trade. Thatis why the entry into orce o the BriberyAct on 1 July 2011 is an important steporward or both the UK and UK plc. In linewith the Act’s statutory requirements, I ampublishing this guidance to help organisationsunderstand the legislation and deal with therisks o bribery. My aim is that it oers clarityon how the law will operate.Readers o this document will be awarethat the Act creates oences o oering orreceiving bribes, bribery o oreign publicocials and o ailure to prevent a bribebeing paid on an organisation’s behal.These are certainly tough rules. But readersshould understand too that they are directedat making lie dicult or the mavericksresponsible or corruption, not undulyburdening the vast majority o decent,law-abiding rms.I have listened careully to businessrepresentatives to ensure the Act isimplemented in a workable way – especiallyor small rms that have limited resources.And, as I hope this guidance shows,combating the risks o bribery is largelyabout common sense, not burdensomeprocedures. The core principle it sets outis proportionality. It also oers case studyexamples that help illuminate the applicationo the Act. Rest assured – no one wants tostop rms getting to know their clients bytaking them to events like Wimbledon orthe Grand Prix. Separately, we are publishingnon-statutory ‘quick start’ guidance.I encourage small businesses to turn to thisor a concise introduction to how they canmeet the requirements o the law.Ultimately, the Bribery Act matters or Britainbecause our existing legislation is out o date.In updating our rules, I say to our internationalpartners that the UK wants to play a leading