In March 2017, The Hague Academy convened a two-week training on integrity and anti-corruption. The course explored many topics, including the difficulties and the dilemmas of trust. One of our experts during the course provided insights into how he dealt with a situation when he was offered a “gift” by a business associate. And he explained how different actors have important roles and responsibilities in promoting integrity in their own organisations.

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The Asian Development Bank defines bribery as the act of offering, giving, receiving or soliciting – directly or indirectly – anything of value to influence improperly the actions of another party. A bribe can be disguised as a gift, money, property, privilege, or even a personal favour. In today’s global economy, it could happen that at one point you may find yourself in a similar situation.

Here are some tips on how to deal with bribery in the workplace:

When you are offered a bribe directly, assess the situation first.
Someone attempting to bribe you may apply a great deal of pressure on you to accept it. Assess whether declining the bribe could make things more complicated or could lead to a hostile situation. Be particularly cautious when dealing with someone who has power or is part of the same organisation you are in.

Maintain presence of mind.
A bribe can come in moments when you least expect it. In the event that you get caught off guard, try your best to take note of important details – who is bribing you; when and where were you approached; and what is being offered and what is at stake. These are specifics that can help back up your claim.

Be sure to notify your superior immediately and provide a full account of what took place.
Timing is essential here. Choosing to delay notifying the proper authorities could put your integrity and credibility in question. Informing your supervisor or a person in authority is the most important thing to do if you are ever offered a bribe.

More tips can be found on the website of the Asian Development bank. And visit our open-subscription course page for information about upcoming courses in 2017 and 2018.