Anti-fraud and corruption strategies are critical for organisations wanting to succeed and grow, but how many know the risks and are prepared?
More than ever before, organisations conducting activities in Australia operate with a heightened awareness of fraud, bribery and corruption, and an increased focus on enforcement by Government regulators and law enforcement agencies. There are currently five state-based Anti-Corruption Commissions actively investigating bribery and corruption allegations by public officials, as well as the Australian Federal Police’s Fraud and Anti-Corruption Centre.
Also at risk are those organizations operating in foreign jurisdictions, where perceptions of bribery and corruption differ, and are sometimes referred to as “just the way we do business”. The most vulnerable are charities, Not-for-profit organisations and mid-tier companies who engage with third parties in foreign countries.
With no one-size-fits-all it’s critical organisations get their risk assessments right from the outset. Grant Thornton assists organisations by assessing the risks and designing, implementing and maintaining anti-bribery and corruption compliance programs.
As well as helping organisations achieve compliance with domestic and foreign anti-corruption legislative obligations including the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Commonwealth), the Bribery Act 2010 (UK) and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 1977 (US), we provide:
- Background, vendor and other integrity due diligence services to support recruitment, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and distributer, supplier and operator agreements
- Assessment of fraud, bribery and corruption risks
- Design and implementation of internal controls based on assessed risks
- Communication and training programs
- Ongoing monitoring programs
- Investigation of red flags or allegations of non-compliance
- Crisis management and remedial action
- Whistleblowing Management Services including a reporting hotlines
No longer whistling in the dark
Recognised as the most effective method of detecting fraud and serious misconduct, whistleblowing is being adopted by leading organisations.
By actively managing whistleblowing, organisations are uncovering issues long before they cause serious harm or reach the public domain. This not only protects reputations and revenue, but also supports highly ethical cultures and robust corporate governance.