We will not offer, accept, solicit or pay a bribe or facilitation payment.
Even on the smallest scale, corruption is corrosive, and just the suspicion of it can severely damage our reputation. Remember: we would rather forego business or lose money than become involved in corruption even on the smallest scale.
Sometimes doing wrong can seem right. For instance, when a small illegitimate payment would prevent a project falling behind schedule, it may seem harmless to pay up. Never be tempted to do so.
Be very cautious when giving or receiving gifts or entertainment. (See "Gifts and Hospitality")
No matter what "local custom" may be, all forms of bribery and corruption, and even the smallest facilitation payment, are forbidden.
Bribery - means giving or receiving an unearned reward to influence someone's behaviour. One common form of bribery is a "kickback" - an unearned reward following favourable treatment. Both are corrupt.
Corruption - is any unlawful or improper behaviour that seeks to gain an advantage through illegitimate means. Bribery, abuse of power, extortion, fraud, deception, collusion, cartels, embezzlement and money laundering are all forms of corruption.
Facilitation Payments - are sums of money paid to an official to speed up or "facilitate" their actions. That's why they are sometimes referred to as "grease" or "speed" payments. Whatever the local custom, Our Code forbids facilitation payments to be made anywhere in the world. We make no distinction between them and bribes, no matter how small the amount.
UK Bribery Act - As a UK based Company we must comply with the UK Bribery Act. It applies to every Serco employee wherever they work around the world, and anyone who works on our behalf. Even if you’re not a UK national and the offence is outside the UK you could be prosecuted, and Serco could receive serious fine and damage to our reputation.
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