Bribery, corruption risks set to increase says study

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Bribery, corruption risks set to increase says study
The risk of bribery and corruption for organizations is set to increase according to more than a third of respondents to a new survey.

The poll of risk and compliance professionals by global risk mitigation firm Kroll and business ethics organization the Ethisphere Institute, reveals that 35 per cent expect a rise for 2017 while more than half are expecting levels similar to last year. Few respondents expect a decease.

Respondents believe the top risks to their anti-bribery and corruption programs will come from third party violations (40 per cent), a complex global regulatory environment (14 per cent), and employees making improper payments (12 per cent).

Around half of organizations are not sure that they have enough resources to support anti-corruption efforts.

"As compliance professionals, our respondents know the importance of monitoring when working with third parties. But this report highlights the need for an 'interval monitoring' approach to ongoing diligence, where the scope and frequency of monitoring efforts is determined based on risk," said Kroll Senior Managing Director Joseph Spinelli.

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