Countering bribery, fraud and corruption
30 September 2011
The recent implementation of the 2010 Bribery Act is a timely reminder for all staff to be on their guard against intentions or actions that could be regarded as fraudulent or corrupt and which put individuals or the University at risk of prosecution.
More detail about the Act and LJMU’s Anti-Bribery policy can be found from the Corporate Services web page.
Institutionally, it is essential that LJMU demonstrates that it is actively working to prevent bribery and other fraudulent activities. Many staff in areas of high risk have already been made familiar with the requirements of the Act and further briefing sessions are being arranged.
All staff, though, should be aware of their responsibilities to avoid being in situations and circumstances where there may be a suspicion or incidence of fraud, bribery or corrupt practice. The recently updated Code of Conduct for staff gives useful advice.
Particular attention should be given to the requirements of the Gifts and Hospitality policy and the purchasing regulations, especially where a member of staff needs to declare an interest because of a family or business connection with a supplier, firm or individual.
Staff are reminded, too, of the whistleblowing arrangements that LJMU has for confidential disclosure of issues of concern.
For further advice about countering bribery, fraud and corruption and LJMU’s measures to prevent their incidence, please contact Peter Hinton, Executive Director, Infrastructure, and Interim Director of Corporate Services.