The ISO 37001 standard is a remarkable tool to build, evaluate and improve an anti-bribery management system. It is a universal standard that cannot prioritise one national law over another, requires that companies specifically identify and respect all guidelines applicable to their operations, and ensures that the management system is comprehensive which guarantees its efficiency.
The ISO 37001 standard challenges organisations to build an anti-bribery management system that is essentially 'fit for purpose'. A poorly built anti-bribery programme can frustrate your business partners and cause them to lose trust in you. It also means your programme will be less effective, potentially giving rise to non-conforming actions.
The skill set and experience required in an ISO 37001 certification process are not common across your typical certification body. That is why we take our auditor competency seriously, looking for a number of key skills and experiences in any auditor working on our certification projects.
Now is the time for compliance officers to retrofit their compliance programmes into a framework that is common Worldwide. The best option for a global programme that is recognised across the World is the International Standards Organisation (ISO) and their Standards that relate to compliance programmes generally (ISO 19600) and for anti-corruption programmes (ISO 37001).