In an international marketplace, an effective anti-bribery and modern slavery compliance programme is becoming a critical component of a company’s business model. This is to ensure the business is complying with relevant laws, preventing labour exploitation and protecting themselves against any allegations. The Sustainable Islands International programme would like to alert member companies to these issues and the need to develop and implement effective compliance programmes.
In relation to anti-bribery this will involve
- complying with all applicable laws, statutes, regulations, and codes relating to anti-bribery and anti-corruption including but not limited to the Bribery Act 2010 (“Relevant Requirements”);
- not engaging in any activity, practice or conduct which would constitute an offence under sections 1, 2 & 6 of the Bribery Act 2010 if such activity, practice or conduct had been carried out in the UK; and maintaining in place its own policies and procedures, including but not limited to adequate procedures under the Bribery Act 2010, to ensure compliance with the Relevant Requirements, and will enforce them where appropriate.
Further guidance on anti-bribery can be found at https://www.gov.uk/anti-bribery-policy
In relation to modern slavery this would involve
- complying with the Modern Slavery Act 2015;
- not engaging in any activity, practice or conduct that would constitute an offence under sections 1, 2 or 4 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 if such activity, practice or conduct were carried out in the UK; and
- maintaining in place its own policies and procedures to ensure compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
Further guidance on modern slavery can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/modern-slavery