ISO/CD 37001

A committee draft of ISO 37001, “Anti-bribery management systems”, is available.

According to World Bank estimates, more than 1 trillion dollars (or 3 % of the world GDP) is paid annually in bribes. In many cases, it is tolerated as a necessary part of “getting business done” or “circumventing bureaucratic red tape”.

According to an international study, 27 % of the 3,000 business people surveyed reported that they had lost business due to bribery by their competitors. The damage caused by bribery to countries, organizations, and individuals:

  • Lowers economic growth
  • Discourages investment
  • Marginalizes and restricts global markets
  • Erodes support for economic aid
  • Puts a heavy economic burden on the poor
  • Lowers the standard of living of the people

The future ISO 37001 standard will take account of internationally recognized good anti-bribery practice. It will apply to all organizations, regardless of type, size and nature of business or activity, whether they operate in the public, private, or voluntary not-for-profit sectors.

The standard will help establish that an organization has implemented reasonable and proportionate measures designed to prevent bribery. For ease of use, it is being developed in a similar format to other management systems standards such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.

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