This section provides guidance in relation to the appointment by an organisation of a compliance manager (Measure 5 of the Anti-Corruption Programme for Organisations).
A manager or a management function should be given the responsibility for overseeing the effective development and implementation of the anti-corruption programme. This oversight responsibility of the compliance manager is separate from:
This compliance management responsibility can be on either a full-time or part-time basis, depending on the size of the organisation and the nature and extent of corruption risks which the organisation faces.
In a small organisation, the compliance manager is likely to be one person who is assigned the responsibility on a part-time basis, and who can combine this responsibility with other responsibilities. In this case, care should be taken to ensure that the other responsibilities of the compliance manager could not conflict with the compliance responsibilities. For example, it would probably be inappropriate for the organisation’s sales director also to manage the compliance function, as the pressure to sell can often conflict with the need for compliance. It is better for a non-operational role, such as finance director, or in-house lawyer, to hold the role of compliance manager in addition to their finance or legal responsibilities. In a very small organisation, it may be impossible to avoid some conflict of roles, in which case the appropriate person must to the best of her/his ability separate their operational responsibilities from their compliance responsibilities so as to be impartial.
Where the compliance work load is sufficiently large, or the organisation’s corruption risk is sufficiently high, one full-time manager may be assigned by the organisation to the compliance manager role.
In large organisations, there may be a compliance function, rather than one manager, which is staffed by several people.
Some organisations may appoint a compliance committee to assume the compliance responsibility.
The compliance manager role, or compliance function, should be undertaken by personnel who have the appropriate competence, status, authority and independence.
The compliance manager should have direct access to the board in order to communicate relevant information. The compliance manager should not have to report to another manager in the chain who then reports to the board, as this increases the risk that the message given by the compliance function is not fully or clearly received by the board.
The responsibilities of the compliance manager should include:
Where the organisation comprises more than one independently managed organisation (such as a subsidiary company, or a joint venture which it controls), then the board should ensure that a suitably qualified or experienced manager is appointed within each such organisation as responsible for overseeing compliance with the anti-corruption policy and anti-corruption programme within each such organisation.
The name, e-mail address and telephone number of the compliance manager should be communicated to all relevant personnel, and be published on the organisation’s web-site (if it has one).
The anti-corruption responsibilities of the compliance manager, and of any other manager appointed to the compliance department, should be set out in their terms of appointment. See sample Compliance Manager Scope of Work.
The appointment of the compliance manager should be confirmed by board resolution. See sample Board Resolution (paragraph 5)
Most recent update on 10th April 2020
Page first published on 9th March 2015