ISO 37001 is a new business standard — an anti-bribery management systems tool to help build international business and reduce the chance of adverse US FCPA (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) issues with the US Department of Justice (DOJ).
In late 2016, after years of work by over 60 countries, with the US in a lead role, ISO 37001 is an anti-bribery management systems standard adopted in late 2016 by the respected International Organization for Standardization ("ISO").
Doing international business can be like navigating a gator-infested swamp. FCPA pitfalls – real or imagined – can lurk anywhere in the business cycle. Potential liability can result from the actions of agents, business partners, family, or well-meaning friends. ISO 37001 offers tools to help protect against FCPA hazards while providing competitive advantages to help grow markets and revenues.
A range of ISO 37001 adoption models are possible — from full certification by an accredited certifying body, to a compliance audit by an independent third party without certification, to self-certification, or simply to the internal use of the ISO 37001 standard to help shape business practices.
In the United States, professional firms are in the process of becoming accredited by leading accreditation entities to certify organizations of all types, including small and medium size enterprises (SMEs), large companies, governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other organizations. US-based certifying bodies are expected to be accredited this summer. Certain European countries' accreditation entities are already accrediting ISO 37001 certifying bodies.
Through gap assessments that identify missing or non-conforming ISO 37001 components, many companies have already begun compliance audits, either using internal audit or outside professionals, to prepare for ISO 37001 certification.
Notable governments and governmental agencies that have begun implementing ISO 37001 include Indonesia, Peru, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates; the City of Montreal, Canada, and the City of Shenzhen, China.
In the private sector, Legg Mason has become ISO 37001 certified. Microsoft and Walmart are taking steps to implement ISO 37001.
Beyond the moral imperative of fighting bribery and corruption, there are substantial benefits that will accrue to companies and government institutions that embrace ISO 37001 management systems, with increasing levels of resource commitment paying dividends in increasing benefits, as illustrated in this graphic.
Bribery is a particularly pernicious form of corruption. It disproportionately impacts the young, often robbing them of a fair chance at a better life.
i3 is a non-profit education and communications effort focused on ISO 37001, primarily through iso37001info.org. Our mission is to promote broad and rapid global adoption of ISO 37001 to sniff out and combat bribery — with economic benefits both now and for future generations. Our tasks:
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