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What is Bribery and Corruption?

“Bribery is a pervasive form of corruption which facilitates serious criminality, such as the laundering of stolen assets, and includes the trafficking of people, drugs and firearms across national borders. Bribery of public officials erodes public confidence in the judiciary and government, and undermines the rule of law. Where UK companies or individuals are involved it can undermine the UK’s ability to promote sustainable growth and to meet our international obligations. Corrupt payments to secure contracts distort markets and endanger fair competition, contributing to economic hardship, social inequality and loss of jobs.”

“Corruption by foreign public figures or ‘politically-exposed persons’ can have devastating consequences for developing countries. The scale of corruption can be vast, with individuals often siphoning billions of pounds from state funds. In many developing nations endemic corruption can be a key factor in civil disturbance and regime changes. Corruption increases poverty and inequality, undermines good business and threatens the integrity of financial markets.” National Crime Agency

Useful Links

National Crime Agency: National Economic Crime Centre

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National Crime Agency:  How to report international bribery and corruption.

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International Anti-Corruption Centre (ICU) – investigates international bribery, corruption and related money-laundering offences. Protect your business from bribery and corruption information and guidance

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The Ministry of Justice Bribery Act Guidance sets out six principles for the prevention of bribery. 

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Serious Fraud Office – information for victims, witnesses and whistleblowers.

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UK Government information and guidance on anti-corruption.

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Help and support

For victims, families and concerned people

If you’ve witnessed or been the victim of crime, please report it to the Police. Call 101 or report it online depending on your region within Wales – South Wales Police, Dyfed Powys Police, Gwent Police or North Wales Police. In an emergency, call 999.

If you’re deaf or hard of hearing, use the Police textphone service 18000 or text on 999 if you’ve pre-registered with the emergencySMS service.

If you have information about crime and wish to remain anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online.

If you’ve been affected by crime, you can access support from Victim Support, including via their free 24/7 national support line 08 08 16 89 111, or get support online.