The Ministry of Justice has launched a consultation on guidance about procedures that commercial organisations should put in place to prevent bribery. The Bribery Act includes the offence of "a failure by a commercial organisation to prevent bribery". An organisation will be liable for a bribe paid on its behalf unless it can demonstrate that it had implemented adequate procedures designed to prevent bribery.
Section 9 of the Bribery Act requires the Secretary of State for Justice to publish guidance on what constitutes adequate procedures . The consultation period is open until 8 November 2010. The consultation will include a number of public meetings.The draft guidance and details of the consultation process can be found by clicking here.