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ISO 37001

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Standard ISO 37001
Anti-bribery management systems — Requirements with guidance for use

Bribery raises social, moral, economic and political concerns. It undermines good governance, hinders development and interferes with competition.

In order to be proactive in combating bribery, organizations must commit to establishing a culture of integrity, transparency, openness and compliance. This can be achieved by implementing the requirements specified in the standard ISO 37001 Anti-bribery management systems — Requirements with guidance for use.

This standard reflects international good practice and offers organizations a structured approach to help them to avoid or mitigate the risks, costs, and damage linked to bribery, in order to ensure the public’s confidence and thus maintain a positive image of the organization.

The standard ISO 37001 describes the implementation within an organization of an anti-bribery management system. This system is composed of policies, procedures and controls that are reasonable and proportionate according to the risks, to prevent, detect and respond to bribery.

Published in October 2016, the standard ISO 37001 has several elements in common with other ISO standards. The management system it proposes can easily be integrated into other management systems such as quality management (ISO 9001), environmental management (ISO 14001), and occupational health and safety management (ISO 45001).

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  • This standard is available on the ISO website.


Certification Offer

ISO 37001

Organizations who wish to have their anti-bribery management systems recognized can contact the BNQ, whose certification program for anti-bribery management systems ISO 37001 is accredited by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).

To obtain ISO 37001 certification, organizations must demonstrate to the BNQ that they meet the requirements of the standard. These requirements cover:

  • context (needs and expectations of stakeholders, bribery risk assessment, etc.)
  • leadership (anti-bribery policy, roles, responsibilities, authorities, etc.)
  • planning (actions to address risks, objectives, targets, etc.) 
  • support (resources, competence, training, communication, documentation, etc.)
  • operation (operational planning and control, due diligence, financial and non-financial controls, managing inadequacy of controls, raising concerns, investigating and dealing with bribery, etc.)
  • performance evaluation (monitoring, measurement, analysis and evaluation, internal audit, management review, and review by anti-bribery compliance function)
  • improvement of system (nonconformity, corrective actions, and continual improvement).

This certification program is accredited by the Standards Council of Canada.


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