The Considerate Constructors Scheme recognises that over and above the commission of any crime, any involvement in bribery will also reflect adversely on its image and reputation. Its aim therefore is to limit its exposure to bribery by:
- setting out a clear anti-bribery policy;
- training all employees so that they can recognise and avoid the use of bribery by themselves and others;
- encouraging its employees to be vigilant and to report any suspicion of bribery, providing them with suitable channels of communication and ensuring sensitive information is treated appropriately;
- rigorously investigating instances of alleged bribery and assisting the police and other appropriate authorities in any resultant prosecution;
- taking firm and vigorous action against any individual(s) involved in bribery.
The Considerate Constructors Scheme prohibits:
the offering, the giving, the solicitation or the acceptance of any bribe, whether cash or other inducement.
to or from
any person or company, wherever they are situated and whether they are a public official or body or private person or company.
any individual employee, agent or other person or body acting on the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s behalf.
in order to
gain any commercial, contractual or regulatory advantage for the Considerate Constructors Scheme in a way which is unethical.
or in order to
gain any personal advantage, pecuniary or otherwise, for the individual or anyone connected with the individual.
This policy prohibits any inducement which results in a personal gain or advantage to the recipient or any person or body associated with them, and which is intended to influence them to take action which may not be solely in the interests of the Considerate Constructors Scheme or of the person or body employing them or whom they represent.
This policy is not meant to prohibit normal and appropriate hospitality providing they are proportionate and are properly recorded. Inevitably, decisions as to what is acceptable may not always be easy. If anyone is in doubt as to whether a potential act constitutes bribery, for Scheme Monitors the matter should be referred to the CCS administration office, for office staff the matter should be referred to the line manager.
Employee, Monitor, Agent Responsibility
The prevention, detection and reporting of bribery is the responsibility of all employees, Monitors and agents working on behalf of the Considerate Constructors Scheme. The Scheme expects everyone involved in the Scheme to report any instances of bribery or attempted bribery as soon as possible.