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Training: Doing business without bribery

Written by Rachel Davies on Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Rachel Davies speaks to Robert Barrington, Director of External Affairs at Transparency International UK, about anti-bribery procedures and TI-UK’s new training module, Doing Business Without Bribery.


Rachel Davies speaks to Robert Barrington, Director of External Affairs at Transparency International UK, about anti-bribery procedures and TI-UK’s new training module, Doing Business Without Bribery.

6 months on from the commencement of the Bribery Act, what do you think is the current state of play with regard to companies’ understanding and implementation of anti-bribery procedures?

It’s very variable. Some companies are doing a lot and doing it very well. Some companies are doing surprisingly little, probably distressingly little compared to their obligations under the law. A key feature of that is going to be the quality of their training programmes. We know that some companies have pretty good training – putting a lot of staff through it in-depth – but others haven’t even really started particularly the smaller companies.

What is the right balance between e-learning, group training and one-to-one training – and are companies achieving the balance?

The right balance probably has to be some kind of mass training for the majority of staff, which is likely to be e-learning. Beyond that there are certain people who are much higher risk because they travel to certain countries or have certain functions in the company – such as sales – and they need much more in-depth training. I think that certain companies have achieved that but many have probably had an over-reliance on mass training and not really been very specific in their training for those that are really high risk. That is where the focus needs to be in the future.

How would the Doing Business Without Bribery toolkit add to a company’s existing anti-corruption strategy?

We think it’s the best training that we’ve come across. It demonstrates best practice by giving Transparency International’s view of how to deal with very complex circumstances in an extremely practical way that’s both ethical and realistic. It helps companies with their ‘adequate procedures’ because training has to be a fundamental part of how you carry those out. I suspect that most training to date has focused on what the law is and what your legal obligations are. We view this new toolkit as a next generation of training because it’s taking training into new areas. It’s giving people much more depth, much more complexity, and a more sophisticated understanding of how bribery happens and how you respond to quite difficult and challenging circumstances.

Doing Business Without Bribery is a free online training module with accompanying slides and Trainer’s Handbook designed to help companies provide in-depth anti-bribery training for staff. For more information click here.

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Rachel Davies

Rachel is the Head of UK Advocacy at TI-UK. You can tweet her @rachelcerysd.

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