1. Why this policy exists
This anti-bribery policy exists to set out the responsibilities of Spinnaker Global Ltd and Spinnaker Global (Singapore) Pte Ltd (hereafter ‘Spinnaker’) and those who work for us in regards to observing and upholding our zero-tolerance position on bribery and corruption.
It also exists to act as a source of information and guidance for those working for Spinnaker. It helps them recognise and deal with bribery and corruption issues, as well as understand their responsibilities.
2. Policy statement
Spinnaker is committed to conducting business in an ethical and honest manner, and to implementing and enforcing systems that ensure bribery is prevented. Spinnaker has zero-tolerance for bribery and corrupt activities. We are committed to acting professionally, fairly, and with integrity in all business dealings and relationships, wherever we operate.
Spinnaker will uphold all laws relating to anti-bribery and corruption in all the jurisdictions in which we operate.
3. Who is covered by the policy?
This anti-bribery policy applies to all employees (whether temporary, fixed-term, or permanent), or any other person or persons associated with us (including third parties), or any of our subsidiaries or their employees, no matter where they are located.
In the context of this policy, third-party refers to any individual or organisation our company works with. It refers to actual and potential clients, customers, suppliers, distributors, business contacts, agents, advisers, and government and public bodies – this includes their advisors, representatives and officials.
4 . Definition of bribery
Bribery refers to the act of offering, giving, promising, asking, agreeing, receiving, accepting, or soliciting something of value or of an advantage so to induce or influence an action or decision.
A bribe refers to any inducement, reward, or object/item of value offered to another individual in order to gain commercial, contractual, regulatory, or personal advantage.
Bribery is not limited to the act of offering a bribe. If an individual is on the receiving end of a bribe and they accept it, they are also breaking the law.
Bribery is illegal. Employees must not engage in any form of bribery, whether it be directly, passively (as described above), or through a third party (such as an agent or distributor). They must not accept bribes in any degree and if they are uncertain about whether something is a bribe or a gift or act of hospitality, they must seek further advice from a Director of the Company.
5. What is and what is NOT acceptable
This section of the policy refers to 4 areas:
- Gifts and hospitality.
- Facilitation payments.
- Political contributions.
- Charitable contributions.
Gifts and hospitality
Spinnaker accepts normal and appropriate gestures of hospitality and goodwill (whether given to/received from third parties) so long as the giving or receiving of gifts meets the following requirements:
- It is not made with the intention of influencing the party to whom it is being given, to obtain or reward the retention of a business or a business advantage, or as an explicit or implicit exchange for favours or benefits.
- It is not made with the suggestion that a return favour is expected.
- It is in compliance with local law.
- It is given in the name of the company, not in an individual’s name.
- It does not include cash or a cash equivalent.
- It is appropriate for the circumstances (e.g. giving small gifts around Christmas or as a small thank you to a company for helping with a project upon completion).
- It is of an appropriate type and value and given at an appropriate time, taking into account the reason for the gift.
- It is given/received openly, not secretly.
- It is not selectively given to a key, influential person, clearly with the intention of directly influencing them.
- It is not above a certain excessive value, as pre-determined by a Director of the Company (usually in excess of £100).
Where it is inappropriate to decline the offer of a gift (i.e. when meeting with an individual of a certain religion/culture who may take offence), the gift may be accepted so long as it is declared to a Director of the Company, who will assess the circumstances.
Spinnaker recognises that the practice of giving and receiving business gifts varies between countries, regions, cultures, and religions, so definitions of what is acceptable and not acceptable will inevitably differ for each.
As good practice, gifts given and received should always be disclosed to a Director of the Company. Gifts from suppliers should always be disclosed.
The intention behind a gift being given/received should always be considered. If there is any uncertainty, the advice of the compliance manager should be sought.
Facilitation Payments and Kickbacks
Spinnaker does not accept and will not make any form of facilitation payments of any nature. We recognise that facilitation payments are a form of bribery that involves expediting or facilitating the performance.
Spinnaker does not allow kickbacks to be made or accepted. We recognise that kickbacks are typically made in exchange for a business favour or advantage.
Spinnaker will not make donations, whether in cash, kind, or by any other means, to support any political parties or candidates. We recognise this may be perceived as an attempt to gain an improper business advantage.
Spinnaker accepts (and indeed encourages) the act of donating to charities – whether through services, knowledge, time, or direct financial contributions (cash or otherwise) – and agrees to disclose all charitable contributions it makes.
Employees must be careful to ensure that charitable contributions are not used to facilitate and conceal acts of bribery.
We will ensure that all charitable donations made are legal and ethical under local laws and practices, and that donations are not offered/made without the approval of a Director.
6. Employee Responsibilities
As an employee of Spinnaker, you must ensure that you read, understand, and comply with the information contained within this policy, and with any training or other anti-bribery and corruption information you are given.
All employees and those under our control are equally responsible for the prevention, detection, and reporting of bribery and other forms of corruption. They are required to avoid any activities that could lead to, or imply, a breach of this anti-bribery policy.
If you have reason to believe or suspect that an instance of bribery or corruption has occurred or will occur in the future that breaches this policy, you must notify a Director.
If any employee breaches this policy, they will face disciplinary action and could face dismissal for gross misconduct. Spinnaker has the right to terminate a contractual relationship with an employee if they breach this anti-bribery policy.
7. What happens if I need to raise a concern?
This section of the policy covers 3 areas:
- How to raise a concern.
- What to do if you are a victim of bribery or corruption.
How to raise a concern
If you suspect that there is an instance of bribery or corrupt activities you are encouraged to raise your concerns at as early a stage as possible. If you’re uncertain about whether a certain action or behaviour can be considered bribery or corruption, you should speak to your Line Manager or a Director of the Company.
Spinnaker will familiarise all employees with its whistleblowing procedures so employees can vocalise their concerns swiftly and confidentially.
What to do if you are a victim of bribery or corruption
You must tell your Line Manager and a Director of the Company as soon as possible if you are offered a bribe by anyone, if you are asked to make one, if you suspect that you may be bribed or asked to make a bribe in the near future, or if you have reason to believe that you are a victim of another corrupt activity.
If you refuse to accept or offer a bribe or you report a concern relating to potential act(s) of bribery or corruption, Spinnaker understands that you may feel worried about potential repercussions. Spinnaker will support anyone who raises concerns in good faith under this policy, even if investigation finds that they were mistaken.
Spinnaker will ensure that no one suffers any detrimental treatment as a result
of refusing to accept or offer a bribe or other corrupt activities or because they reported a concern relating to potential act(s) of bribery or corruption.
Detrimental treatment refers to dismissal, disciplinary action, treats, or unfavourable treatment in relation to the concern the individual raised.
If you have reason to believe you’ve been subjected to unjust treatment as a result of a concern or refusal to accept a bribe, you should inform your Line Manager or a Director of the Company immediately.
8. Training and communication
Spinnaker will provide training on this policy as part of the induction process for all new employees. Employees will also receive relevant training on how to adhere to this policy.
Spinnaker’s anti-bribery and corruption policy and zero-tolerance attitude will be clearly communicated to all suppliers, contractors, business partners, and any third-parties when appropriate.
Spinnaker will provide relevant anti-bribery and corruption training to employees etc. where we feel their knowledge of how to comply needs to be enhanced. As good practice, all businesses should provide their employees with anti-bribery training where there is a potential risk of facing bribery or corruption during work activities.
9. Record keeping
Spinnaker will keep detailed and accurate financial records, and will have appropriate internal controls in place to act as evidence for all payments made. We will declare and keep a written record of the amount and reason for hospitality or gifts accepted and given, and understand that gifts and acts of hospitality are subject to managerial review.
10. Monitoring and reviewing
Directors of the Company are responsible for monitoring the effectiveness of this policy and will review the implementation of it on a regular basis.
Internal control systems and procedures designed to prevent bribery and corruption are subject to regular audits to ensure that they are effective in practice.
This policy does not form part of an employee’s contract of employment and Spinnaker may amend it at any time so to improve its effectiveness at combatting bribery and corruption.