CLIA members are committed to ethical business conduct and compliance with all applicable laws. Members may be subject to certain local, national and international anti-corruption laws, including the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the U.K. Bribery Act 2010. Violations could result in significant fines, penalties and even imprisonment. To enhance compliance with all such laws, Members need to commit themselves to the Anti-Corruption Principles set forth below.
Prohibit bribery and corruption
Prohibit the offering, giving or accepting of bribes, including payments, favors or anything of value to government officials or others to induce them to engage in improper or unlawful conduct or to improperly secure business or a business advantage. Promote a culture where the board, senior management, all employees and the entire organization are committed to honesty, integrity and preventing bribery.
Payments in cash or in kind (e.g. liquor, cigarettes, etc.) to government officials or others in a position of authority (e.g. customs, immigration, port and canal officials, pilots, etc.) intended to facilitate or expedite the performance of routine government action (e.g. clearing customs, processing visas, assigning berths, etc.) are prohibited, unless expressly permitted or required by local written law. Payment of fees to government agencies for legally required administrative services or an officially recognized “fast-track” process is permitted.
Ensure that hospitality (e.g. airfare, lodging, meals, etc.), gifts, entertainment and promotional expenditures provided to government officials or others, when permissible, are offered in good faith for legitimate business purposes (e.g. establishing cordial relations, promoting goodwill, demonstrating or explaining products and services, etc.) and are transparent, proportionate and reasonable.
Associate with ethical employees and business partners
Endeavour to associate with employees and business partners (e.g. agents, brokers, suppliers, subcontractors, etc.) who are ethical and do not engage in bribery. Strive to prevent bribery and corruption by employees, business partners and others performing services for or on behalf of the Member. Impose appropriate discipline or consequences for violations of relevant policies and procedures.
Adopt policies and procedures
Adopt, implement and enforce appropriate policies and procedures to prevent bribery and corruption. Educate officers, employees and business partners on such policies and procedures through appropriate communication and/or training. Periodically review and improve such policies and procedures as necessary.
Collaborate with governments, business partners and others
Collaborate with governments, business partners and relevant international organizations to support Members’ efforts to prevent, detect, and combat corruption.