Bribery is a criminal offence. Neal Ford Chartered Certified Accountants prohibits any form of bribery. We require compliance, from everyone connected with our business, with the highest ethical standards. Integrity and transparency are of utmost importance to us and we have a zero tolerance attitude towards corrupt activities of any kind, whether committed by our employees or by third parties acting for or on our behalf.
It is prohibited, directly or indirectly, for any employee or person working on our behalf to offer, give, request or accept a bribe, i.e. gift, loan, payment, reward or advantage, either in cash or any other form, to or from any person or company in order to gain commercial, contractual or regulatory advantage for Neal Ford Chartered Certified Accountants, or in order to gain any personal advantage for an individual or anyone connected with the individual in a way that is unethical.
If we suspect that an act of bribery or attempted bribery has been committed, an investigation will be carried out and, in line with our disciplinary procedure where appropriate, action may be taken against you which may result in your dismissal or the cessation of our business arrangement with you.
If you, as an employee or person working on our behalf, suspect that an act of bribery or attempted bribery has taken place, even if you are not personally involved, you are expected to report this to Neal Ford Chartered Certified Accountants. You may be asked to give a written account of events.
Gifts and hospitality
We realise that the giving and receiving of gifts and hospitality as a reflection of friendship or appreciation where nothing is expected in return may occur, or even be commonplace, in our industry. This does not constitute bribery where it is proportionate and recorded properly.
No gift should be given nor hospitality offered by an employee or anyone working on our behalf to any party in connection with our business above £100 without receiving prior written approval from Neal Ford Chartered Certified Accountants.
Similarly, no gift or offer of hospitality of a value greater than £100 should be accepted by an employee or anyone working on our behalf without receiving prior written approval from Neal Ford Chartered Certified Accountants. In all cases full details of gifts and hospitality received should be notified Natalie Ford.
A record will be made of every instance in which gifts or hospitality are given or received.
As the law is constantly changing, this policy is subject to review and we reserve the right to amend this policy without prior notice.