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September 2015

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The Bribery Act 2010: Practical Guidance for the UK Shipping Industry (eBook)

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This guidance aims to suggest corporate procedures for preventing bribery to comply with the law; assist companies to develop policies, tactics and training to better equip masters to resist demands for facilitation payments and; consequently reduce the frequency of such demands by developing a reputation for resisting, using collective action across the industry and in concert, with the UK and other interested states and authorities.


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World economic growth and the prosperity of the shipping industry are closely linked. The UK shipping industry competes with others in providing transport and services on a global scale. As a place to locate ship operations and provide services to ships as mobile assets, the UK’s reputation for good governance and honesty is great. And thanks to the Bribery Act 2010, the UK has one of the strictest anti-corruption regimes in the world.


Upholding high standards is key when faced with challenging incidents in other parts of the world. Demands for facilitation payments remain endemic in places where corruption continues to be rife. This presents difficulties for operators committed to maintaining high standards.


The UK Chamber of Shipping has produced this guidance in the hope that the suggestions to resist and manage such incidents are recognised as a practical means of furthering the ultimate goal of eliminating such demands in the first place.


UK Chamber CEO, Guy Platten:

"The chamber has been supportive of UK government efforts to reduce corruption, and fully supports the aims and principles of the Bribery Act. However it also recognises the unique challenges faced by shipping firms and their staff as they conduct their business around the world. The UK chamber guidance will help firms to better understand the implications of the Act and provide practical and operational context for ship owners, operators and masters."




Executive Summary

1. The Bribery Act 2010 and the purpose of this Guidance

2. Assessing the Risks

3. Demands for Facilitation Payments
Prosecutorial Discretion and Self-reporting to the Authorities

5. Collective Action

Annex A - Demands for Facilitation Payments: Master’s Flowchart

The UK Chamber of Shipping is the trade association and voice of the UK shipping industry. We work with Government, parliament, international organisations and others to champion and protect the industry on behalf of our members.

It is our mission to deliver for our members trusted specialist expertise, lobbying and influence at a UK level on maritime issues across national, European and international government and governmental bodies. By combining the strength of our members with this expertise we will advance the competitive strength of the industry ensuring that the UK remains as a leader in the global maritime business.

With a growing membership of 180 member companies throughout the UK, made up of shipowners, professional organisations and service companies, we do not just seek to raise awareness of shipping; we work to create an understanding of it, ensuring that member companies’ commercial objectives are at the heart of the government process.

The UK is a global centre for maritime business and our location here, in a stable and business orientated democracy, provides unique access to a range of international bodies and influencers at a global level.

Title: The Bribery Act 2010: Practical Guidance for the UK Shipping Industry (eBook)
Edition: First
Number of Pages: 36
Product Code: WS1460EA
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-85609-693-5 (9781856096935), ISBN 10: 1-85609-693-9 (1856096939)
Published Date: September 2015
Author: UK Chamber of Shipping

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