ISO 37001: 2018

Anti-Bribery Management System

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What is ISO 37001?

ISO 37001 is an internationally acknowledged system for anti-bribery management. The standard sets out the criteria for establishing, operating, implementing, maintaining, and making continual improvements on your anti-bribery management system.

Certification helps companies to detect and prevent any incident associated with bribery in a timely manner. It puts companies on the right path to successfully comply with the commitments and regulations for bribery management.

The standard was originally published in the year 2016.

What are the key benefits of having an Anti-bribery management system?

What Are the Requirements For Implementing ISO 37001?

1. Scope and context of the organization : The scope of the management system and the plan and objectives associated with it should be designed and documented. The objectives should be listed and available for the management as well as for other internal stakeholders. The context of your anti-bribery management system needs to be developed considering the needs and expectations of interested parties, and the internal and external issues impacting your company.

2. Leadership : There should be a leadership team to guide and communicate all the roles and responsibilities stakeholders must take. The leadership team should take responsibility for the outcomes as well.

3. Planning : Proper and step-by-step planning should be designed and documented. The planning must include actions to minimize risk and / or take advantage of opportunities identified in the context of the organization and bribery risks.

4. Support : To successfully implement and maintain the system, support in the form of resources and tools should be provided as needed.

5. Operations : Controls must be prepared taking into account due diligence processes, financial controls, nonfinancial controls, implementing antibribery controls with business associates, antibribery commitments, procedures for receiving and administering gifts, donations, etc., raising concerns, and dealing with bribery.

6. Constant evaluation and subsequent improvement : There should be enough resources and leadership spared to monitor the performance of the system and evaluate its effectiveness. As a consequence, the management system and results should improve.

Certification Process

Commit: A trusted certification body is chosen, engaged, and an audit date is set.

Pre-assessment: If clients wish, an assessment before the stage 1 and 2 audits is performed.

Stage 1 Audit: The management system and documentation are reviewed to ensure everything is in place for the stage 2 audit, including determining whether internal audit and the management review have been performed. An audit report is prepared and issued by the auditor for review. If everything looks good, the auditor confirms the stage 2 audit.

Stage 2 Audit: After addressing any concerns or opportunities for improvement from the stage 1 audit, the stage 2 audit is conducted by the auditor. The auditor checks that the management system is implemented and is compliant with ISO 37001. If there are any non-conformities, these are shared by the auditor. Once non-conformities are addressed and the auditor can confirm that the standard is being met, the auditor recommends the company for certification.

Issuing the certification: With the successful completion of the two stages of audits, the certification body issues the certification.

Surveillance Audits: Every certification lasts for 3 years. The certification body organizes annual audit programs to ensure ongoing compliance.

Why should you call Blue Wolf Certifications for accomplishing your ISO 37001 journey?

Blue Wolf Certification is a business associate of various accredited certification bodies that helps you get through the ISO certification journey without facing annoying issues.

We offer stage 1 and stage 2 audits before issuing your system for certification and provide continual support and surveillance audits to check for 100% ongoing compliance after you achieve the certification.

Why Should You Hire Us?

  • We are known for our efficient but detailed audits. Our professional auditors want to help make your ISO certification journey easier and better.
  • Great auditors. We work with our auditors to ensure they will be a great fit for you. Our auditors have been described as transparent, open, fair and supportive. Even easy to talk to and helpful.
  • A valuable audit experience. Our audits have been described as non-threatening, relaxing, straight forward, orderly, professional and painless.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is ISO 37001?
It is the globally acknowledged standard for anti-bribery management systems. It helps organizations to detect and manage bribery-associated risks and situations in a systematic manner.
2. What are the advantages of ISO 37001?
● Provides a safe working environment for employees.
● Increases stakeholder confidence in your company and assurance of ethical operations.
● Legal compliance and adherence to rules and regulations.
● Evidence to show in a courtroom that your company is actively working against bribery if there has been an unacceptable bribery incident.
3. How many days does it take to complete the certification?
It depends on the type and size of your company. Generally, it takes up to six months and in some cases a year or more to get ready for ISO certification.
Audit days are determined from other standards and industry mandatory documents. Factors that increase or decrease the number of audit days include the number of personnel, the level of risk, the type of industry your organization belongs to, and consideration of various factors (simplifications or complications) that help to understand the complexity or your organization. All of this to ensure there is adequate audit time to determine compliance to ISO 37001.
4. Are ISO certification services costly?
The cost depends primarily on the number of audit days as previously addressed above.
Each certification body determines their own day rate. The rates can vary depending on the standard, the availability of auditors and the amount auditors charge the certification body. Additional factors that affect cost are the certification body’s accreditation fees, admin costs, and other costs as outlined in their proposal. It is important to be aware of additional fees as they can add up. In some cases, a certification body’s day rate may be low, but additional fees can be high, so do your due diligence. Some certification bodies you may notice will charge premium pricing based on how they perceive themselves in the marketplace, however all certification bodies have the same credibility anywhere in the world because of their accreditation. Before choosing an accreditation body, it may be necessary to check with your customers if they care about the name of the certification body. It is very unlikely your customer cares about the name however, as long as it is an accredited certification body.
Other costs can be the cost of travel including food, accommodation, etc. for the duration of the audit.

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