Foreign Corrupt Practices Act – Best Practices

FCPA Ethics Blog – Wiedergabe eines sehr lesenswerten Artikels für alle mit Compliance und Korruptiomsbekämpfung befassten Mitarbeiter eines Unternehmens, insbes. wenn in den USA tätig. One of the requirements consistent throughout the Principles of Federal Prosecution of Business Organization (US Sentencing Guidelines) and its section on corporate compliance programs; the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Good Practice Guidance on Internal Controls, Ethics, and Compliance, and the UK Bribery Act’s Consultative Guidance is the need for continued assessment of an anti-corruption and anti-bribery compliance program. This posting will review the specifics of each of these documents and will provide to the compliance and ethics practitioner some ideas on how to implement what each of these protocols stress is key component of any best practices compliance program.

US Sentencing Guidelines

The US Sentencing Guidelines state that there should be periodic reviews of a company’s compliance program, utilizing internal resources, such as a company’s Internal Audit function, and outside professional consultants. The OECD Good Practice states that a compliance program should be periodically re-assessed and re-evaluated to take into account any new developments. The UK Bribery Act Consultative Guidance, recently released by the UK Ministry of Justice, requires ongoing monitoring and review by noting that a compliance program and procedures should be reviewed regularly and a company should consider whether an “external verification [of the compliance program] would help ...

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