The Bribery Act 2010 was in­tro­duced to up­date and en­hance UK law on bribery in­clud­ing for­eign bribery in or­der to ad­dress bet­ter the re­quire­ments of the 1997 OECD an­tib­ribery con­ven­tion. It is now among the strictest leg­is­la­tion in­ter­na­tion­ally on bribery

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bribery).

Ig­no­rance is not bliss. There is no re­quire­ment that an or­gan­i­sa­tion au­tho­rises, en­cour­ages or even be aware of, or oth­er­wise in­volved in, the pay­ment of the bribe. For the or­gan­i­sa­tion it­self to be guilty of the of­fence, it is suf­fi­cient that a per­son as­so­ci­ated with the or­gan­i­sa­tion paid the bribe.

This puts the bur­den of preven­tion of bribery on the com­mer­cial or­gan­i­sa­tion. Le­gal ex­perts say that one of the de­fences is that the com­pany reg­u­larly trains its staff on in­tegrity or has pro­duced a set of rules of com­pli­ance for its staff.

The Bribery Act has im­por­tant

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