What is ISO 37001?

ISO 37001 is an anti-bribery management system standard published in October 2016.

It is designed to help an organization establish, implement, maintain, and improve an anti-bribery compliance program.

It includes a series of measures and controls that represent global anti-bribery good practice.

Who can use this Standard?

The standard is flexible and can be adapted to a wide range of organizations, including:

  • Large organizations
  • Small & medium sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • Public and private sector organizations
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)

The standard can be used by organizations in any country.

Does the Standard require a stand-alone Management System?

The measures required by ISO 37001 are designed to be integrated with existing

management processes and controls.

It follows the common high-level structure for ISO management system standards, for easy integration with, for example, ISO 9001.

New or enhanced measures

can be integrated into existing systems.

What does ISO 37001 address?

Bribery by the organization, or by its personnel or business associates acting on the organization’s behalf or for its benefit.

Bribery of the organization, or of its personnel or business associates in relation to the organization’s activities.

Does the Standard define bribery?

Bribery is defined by law which varies between countries.
The Standard provides a generic definition of bribery, but the actual definition will depend on the laws applicable to the organization.

The Standard provides guidance on what is meant by bribery to help users understand the intention and scope of the Standard.

What does the standard require?

The organization must implement a series of measures and controls in a reasonable and proportionate manner to help prevent, detect, and deal with bribery, including:

  • Anti-bribery policy
  • Management leadership, commitment and responsibility
  • Personnel controls and training
  • Risk assessments
  • Due diligence on projects and business associates
  • Financial, commercial and contractual controls
  • Reporting, monitoring, investigation and review
  • Corrective action and continual improvement

How will the Standard benefit an organization?

The Standard benefits an organization by providing:

  • Minimum requirements and supporting guidance for implementing or benchmarking an anti-bribery management system
  • Assurance to management, investors, employees, customers, and other stakeholders that an organization is taking reasonable steps to prevent bribery
  • Evidence in the event of an investigation that an organization has taken reasonable steps to prevent bribery.