On 19 June, CRI Group published an article about ISO 37001 Anti-Bribery Management Systems standard. It says that some regulatory bodies and compliance communities initially expressed concern regarding the lack of a body of evidence supporting the effectiveness of ISO 37001:2016 from certain standpoints. It reminds one that the purpose of the standard is to provide a framework against which an organisation’s anti-bribery management can be assessed and certified, rather than a foolproof blueprint to prevent bribery. It goes on to provide a potted history of the standard. It says that some of the concerns regarding the effectiveness of ISO 37001 are focused on whether it addresses broad compliance issues, like inequality, harassment, various types of fraud (outside of bribery and corruption), or similar offences. It says that ISO 37001 is effective step-by-step guidance for those organisations which lack an anti-corruption framework and enables them to implement a compliance programme without investing significant time in identifying the regulatory and non-regulatory requirements, and says that it is important to note that organisations and governments alike are embracing ISO 37001 as the standard for prevention and detection of bribery – but it is not a “silver bullet” to protect an organisation from bribery or corruption, or avoid prosecution should those offences occur.
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