Anti-corruption guidance services for SMEs

A project of the UK government's Business Integrity Initiative

The Basel Institute provides anti-corruption Collective Action, compliance and bribery prevention guidance services to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through the Business Integrity Consultancy Service, part of the UK government’s Business Integrity Initiative.

SMEs that meet the eligibility criteria can submit an application to receive subsidised anti-corruption guidance services in three areas:

The British government has announced that until the end of July 2020, the Department for International Development will cover the full cost of the guidance services for SMEs currently receiving assistance or accepted onto the programme.

All SMEs worldwide are welcome to apply for the assistance. They must do business, or plan to do business, in a country eligible to receive official development aid. SMEs are defined as companies with fewer than 250 employees and an annual turnover of GBP 44 million or less.

Gemma Aiolfi

Head of Compliance, Corporate Governance and Collective Action
+41 61 205 56 74

Compliance guidance

Tailored training and guidance on how to comply with the UK Bribery Act and other relevant anti-corruption laws and regulations. The aim is to reduce the risks of legal liability and penalties for firms and individuals, and guide on remedial strategies to address situations when things go wrong. Services include:

  • Training on the UK Bribery Act for SMEs, based on real-life case studies and including how to deal with requests for facilitation payments.
  • Country-specific guidance on local and international laws and regulations governing the SME’s sector and/or products.
  • Support when things go wrong, including guidance on how and when to report bribery and corruption and on remedial strategies such as revised controls, increased scrutiny of transactions, enhanced policies and procedures, training and digital solutions.

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Prevention guidance

A comprehensive programme of support to SMEs seeking to identify their specific corruption risks and develop and implement cost-effective policies and procedures to prevent bribery and corruption. Services include: 

  • Co-development of a risk-prevention strategy and action plan based on an assessment of a company’s bribery and corruption risks and their current controls.
  • Detailed information on corruption risks in specific countries or sectors, with a focus on mitigation strategies. 
  • Close collaboration with companies to create, improve and update risk assessments, codes of conduct, policies and procedures, and a due-diligence approach for third parties.

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Collective Action guidance

Guidance on how to use Collective Action as a tool to promote fair competition and tackle corruption risks in overseas markets. Services include:

  • Relevant, timely and accurate guidance to SMEs interested in engaging in anti-corruption Collective Action Initiatives with the private sector.
  • Practical assistance in setting up sustainable public-private dialogue mechanisms in countries to advocate for policy reforms.
  • Country workshops with global and/or local companies on how to do business with integrity in that context.

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About the Business Integrity Initiative

This is a project of the UK government's Business Integrity Initiative. Financial support for the guidance services is provided by the UK Department for International Development. 

The main goals of the Business Integrity Initiative are to attract investment into high-risk markets in Asia and Africa, tackle the supply side of bribery and use the influence of investors to engage effectively with host governments to undertake policy reforms in order to create a clean business environment. It is managed by the Business Integrity Hub, incubated by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). 

In addition to the Business Integrity Consultancy Service, the Initiative provides:

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