Please be advised that since the Bribery Act 2010 came into force on 1st July 2011, BEN Motor and Allied Trades Benevolent Fund (BEN) has introduced a new Code of Business Conduct. This code sets out how those who represent BEN are expected to conduct themselves in their business dealings with external organisations and individuals. The aim of the code is to prevent bribery, corruption and anti-competitive practices.
BEN defines a bribe as the offer, promise or provision of any form of financial or other advantage to another person, directly or indirectly:
• As an inducement to perform any kind of activity improperly or
• As a reward for performing any kind of activity improperly.
BEN defines corruption as the willingness to act unlawfully and this would include offering or accepting a bribe or engaging in anti-competitive practices.
BEN's policy towards bribery, corruption and anti-competitive practices which accompanies this code of conduct can be found on BEN's website. I would be grateful if you would make this policy known to anyone who works for you (if you are a sole trader), or your organisation who may have business dealings with BEN. Further to this, we would be grateful if you could answer the following questions for us:
1. Do you (if you are a sole trader) or your organisation have any policy regarding bribery, corruption and/or anti-competitive practices? If such a policy exists, then please can you send me a copy or a summary of it?
2. If you are a sole trader, have you familiarised yourself with the requirements of the Bribery Act 2010. If not, you may find it helpful to refer to the Ministry of Justice Website.
3. Does your organisation provide training to its employees to ensure compliance with the Bribery Act 2010?
We appreciate your co-operation.