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UK bribery and corruption advice FCO

Bribery can be defined broadly as the receiving or offering/giving of any benefit (in cash or in kind) by or to any public servant or office holder or to a director or employee of a private company in order to induce that person to give improper assistance in breach of their duty to the government or company which has employed or appointed them.

UK bribery and corruption advice FCO

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Last updated: 03 March 2022

Author/s: ICE

On occasion where such assistance might be sought would be in relation to the award of an export contract where a bribe might be used to influence the tendering process. Bribes may also be paid to individuals who, although not holding an appointment in a relevant company or national government, are nevertheless able to exert influence over such an appointee by reason of some personal, business or other relationship.

Bribes may be paid in advance, as an inducement to a person to act improperly, or retrospectively pursuant to a previous promise, understanding or agreement. (This is not a legal definition.n occasion where such assistance might be sought would be in relation to the award of an export contract where a bribe might be used to influence the tendering process.

Bribes may also be paid to individuals who, although not holding an appointment in a relevant company or national government, are nevertheless able to exert influence over such an appointee by reason of some personal, business or other relationship. Bribes may be paid in advance, as an inducement to a person to act improperly, or retrospectively pursuant to a previous promise, understanding or agreement. (This is not a legal definition.

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