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White Paper

Building an Effective Anti-Bribery and Corruption Programme

In January 2020 Airbus, Europe’s largest aerospace multinational, paid a record $4bn in penalties to settle US, UK and French investigations into bribery allegations. Anti-corruption investigators hailed this as the world’s largest ever corporate fine for bribery. This case demonstrates the commitment that prosecutors are now showing to punish corruption and bribery in corporations and ensure an internationally coordinated response in the uncovering of wrongdoing.

Lawmakers are strengthening legislation and European countries in particular have in the last decade been racing to catch up with their US counterparts. With legislation such as the UK Bribery Act and France’s Sapin II, countries have strengthened requirements on companies to implement effective anti-bribery and corruption (ABC) programmes – or face serious financial penalties and reputational damage as a result.

Business leaders cannot afford a nonchalant attitude to malpractice and doing business the right way will pay dividends. By adopting a robust ABC programme, businesses can avoid serious reputational damage and financial penalties and build a strong ethical culture which increases employee and stakeholder satisfaction.

This white paper offers an overview for those at the beginning of their compliance journey, as well as a refresher for experienced practioners, on the key principles of establishing an effective ABC programme.


Content of the white paper:

  • Why do you need an ABC programme?
  • What the law says on anti-bribery and corruption
  • Overview of key principles


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About EQS Group

Established in 2000 and trusted by thousands of companies worldwide, EQS Group provides intuitive digital compliance solutions that help you comply with regulations and meet best practice.

Whether you need to manage insider lists or gifts and hospitality, store and effectively communicate your policies, address conflicts of interest or misconduct and minimise risk, we can help. Our goal is to equip Compliance Professionals with the power of simple workflows, automated processes, advanced analytics, and simplified reporting to make their job easier. In addition to its compliance product suite, EQS Group provides investor relations digital solutions.

Today the group employs more than 500 professionals and has offices in the world’s key financial markets.