Can Christmas be Corrupt or is it Simply Seasonal Goodwill?

Posted: Dec 04, 2012

This year like all previous years at Orion we have just compiled our Xmas donations list for our client’s staff raffles and gifts for our hard working contract workers. With the bribery and corruption act at the very forefront of our minds we have been wondering whether it is a tradition we should carry on.

Some companies have no hard and fast rules regarding this and leave it to the discretion of the employee. Last year the Royal Mail advised staff that gifts under £30 were acceptable but not to accept cash or gifts to a value above £30. What is acceptable and are companies overreacting when it comes to protecting themselves from risk of prosecution for breach of the Bribery Act this Christmas?

The Bribery Act 2010 came into force on 1 July 2011. The intention behind it was to amend and reform the UK’s criminal law and provide a modern legal framework to combat bribery in the UK and Internationally.  There is a guideline to follow but are company’s up-to-date with the law.

Tins of chocolate and a bottle or two of wine have always been the theme for us but when do you cross the line and it becomes an illegal gesture!

How do you feel about it and has it put your company off giving Xmas donations?