Home Office publishes first Anti-Corruption Newsletter
The Home Office launched its first Anti-Corruption Newsletter last week. The newsletter will be published quarterly and aims to inform businesses about the government’s efforts to battle corruption in the UK and abroad. A link to the spring 2019 newsletter can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/anti-corruption-newsletter-spring-2019.
The newsletter starts off with a boosting and seemingly contradictory fact by stating that the UK has been rated by the Financial Task Force for having the strongest controls of any country they have ever assessed in fighting money laundering and terrorist financing but reports at the same time that the UK has fallen from 8th to the 11th position in the Corruption Perceptions Index, published annually by Transparency International which ranks 180 countries by their perceived levels of public sector corruption. Apart from information about reports, campaigns and the United Nations Convention against Corruption Review and the UK’s participation, more practical and informative perhaps is the section about the Government’s Business Integrity Initiative.
The Business Integrity Initiative aims to provide anti-corruption and integrity support to assist UK companies who do business in emerging markets. It has established an online hub, the Business Integrity Hub, which is the contact point for practical support for companies about prevention of bribery, corruption and human rights issues. It is open to all businesses and offers free online guidance and access to consultants at a reduced fee through the Business Integrity Consultancy Service. This service offers up to five days of consultancy assistance which can be spread over two months and can be applied for through the website.
The website provides some useful information about bribery and how it affects UK companies doing business abroad and includes links to further guidance which can be accessed online such as the Global Anti-Bribery Guidance from Transparency International, which provides a best practice for companies in the UK and overseas, and an Anti-Corruption Toolkit for small to medium businesses which was launched by the G20.
Marleen is a lawyer in the criminal and regulatory team with experience in defending a variety of fraud and white collar crime matters. She represents clients both pre and post charge in relation to investigations of money laundering, corruption, insider dealing and (tax) fraud. In addition, she represents clients facing extradition and is familiar with mutual legal assistance requests. She has previous experience in commercial/insurance litigation. Marleen is a native Dutch speaker.
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