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The strategic importance of ISO 37001 in the global fight against corruption

08 December 2023
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As we commemorate World Anti-Corruption Day on 9th December 2023, addressing corruption in the global business landscape becomes ever more paramount.

Join Serafin Alvarez Zapata, Director of Information Security, Business Continuity and Compliance at NQA Certificación (Spain), as he delves into this topic from an ISO perspective.

In an era of globalisation and digital transformation, many businesses encounter unexpected challenges in maintaining integrity and compliance.

Corruption and bribery pose significant threats, not just undermining business ethics but also exposing organisations to serious legal risks and reputational damage.

Enter ISO 37001:2016 (Anti-Bribery Management), an indispensable tool used to fortify corporate integrity and accountability.

The dangers of corruption & bribery

Corruption and bribery are widespread issues impacting economies globally, spanning emerging to developed nations.

These harmful practices discourage investment, alongside distorting fair competition and impeding sustainable development.

Organisations of all sizes and industries face vulnerability to these challenges. It emphasises the need for a proactive approach to address and reduce these risks.

How does your organisation's current approach to addressing corruption align with the principles of integrity, accountability and proactive risk mitigation?

The role of ISO 37001 in the fight against corruption

Management systems aligned to ISO 37001 (Anti-Bribery Management) provide a robust framework for effectively preventing, detecting and managing bribery.

Adopting ISO 37001 marks a step towards legal compliance and the organisation’s dedication to transparency and ethics.

The synergy of ISO 37001 with other management systems

The real strength of ISO 37001 emerges when integrated with other management systems – such as:

There are many benefits to integrating these ISO standards, including greater cohesion and operational efficiency, eliminated redundancies and optimised resources.

Having an integrated management system also:

  • Builds trust with customers and other stakeholders;

  • Enhances the organisation’s brand image and reputation;

  • Facilitates regulatory compliance and risk management;

  • Establishes a solid foundation for secure, legally robust operations.

Final thoughts from NQA

Implementing ISO 37001 (Anti-Bribery Management) is not simply a matter of compliance; it’s a vital strategy to ensure long-term sustainability and business success.

ISO 37001, in conjunction with other management systems, outlines a path to organisational excellence – and solidifies a firm commitment to ethical and legal principles.

Interested to find out how ISO 37001 could help your organisation? Visit our certification page.

If you’re looking to integrate your ISO management systems, read our useful IMS Factsheet.