Anti-Bribery Management Systems

ISO 37001 is an anti-bribery management system standard published in October 2016. It is designed to help an organization establish, implement, maintain, and improve an anti-bribery compliance program. It includes a series of measures and controls that represent global anti-bribery good practice.

Bribery is defined by law, which varies between countries. Therefore, the Standard provides a generic definition of bribery, but the actual definition will depend on the laws applicable to the organization. The Standard provides guidance on what is meant by bribery to help users understand the intention and scope of the Standard.

The Standard addresses:

  • Bribery by the organization, or by its personnel or business associates acting on the organization’s behalf, or for its benefit.
  • Bribery of the organization, or of its personnel or business associates in relation to the organization’s activities.

Who uses this Standard?

The standard can be used by organizations in any country. It is flexible and can be adapted to a wide range of organizations, including:

  • Large organizations
  • Small & medium sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • Public and private sector organizations
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)

Does the Standard require a stand-alone Management System?

The measures required by ISO 37001 are designed to be integrated with existing management processes and controls. It follows the common high-level structure for ISO management system standards, for easy integration with, for example, ISO 9001. New or enhanced measures can be integrated into existing systems.

What does the standard require?

The organization must implement a series of measures and controls in a reasonable and proportionate manner to help prevent, detect, and deal with bribery, including:

  • Anti-bribery policy
  • Management leadership, commitment and responsibility
  • Personnel controls and training
  • Risk assessments
  • Due diligence on projects and business associates
  • Financial, commercial and contractual controls
  • Reporting, monitoring, investigation and review
  • Corrective action and continual improvement

How will the Standard benefit an organization?

The Standard benefits an organization by providing:

  • Minimum requirements and supporting guidance for implementing or benchmarking an anti-bribery management system
  • Assurance to management, investors, employees, customers, and other stakeholders that an organization is taking reasonable steps to prevent bribery
  • Evidence in the event of an investigation that an organization has taken reasonable steps to prevent bribery

Can my organization be ISO 37001 certified?

ISO 37001 is a requirements standard, making it an independent certification. Third parties will be able to certify an organization’s compliance with the Standard.


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