What to do if in doubt


If you suspect that you are in a potentially corrupt situation and are in doubt as to what to do, ask someone for advice:

  • If you are an employee of an organisation, ask for advice from the organisation’s compliance function (if there is one) or an appropriate senior manager.
  • If you are given advice or instructions by a senior manager in your organisation to act in a way which you believe may be corrupt, then ask a more senior manager or your organisation’s compliance function for advice.
  • If you are a member of a professional institution or an employee union, then that institution or union may have a help line which you can call for advice.
  • Your government may provide a telephone advice line which you can contact.
  • If you are unable to obtain advice as to what to do, or if you do not believe that the advice is satisfactory, then avoid participating in the transaction about which you are seeking advice.


Always put your safety and the safety of others first.  So, if, for example, someone is attempting to extort a payment from you, and failure to make immediate payment could put you or another person in imminent risk of personal harm, then make the payment.  If you are compelled to make a payment in such circumstances, do not conceal it.  Report the circumstances as soon as possible to an appropriate person in your organisation, professional institution, or employee union, or to the authorities.

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1st April 2024