ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management Systems (ABMS)


ABMS Overview

This ISO Standard provides a management system to help organizations in the fight against corruption, by establishing a culture of integrity, transparency and compliance. 

The Anti-Bribery Management System (ABMS) can be a stand-alone system or integrated into an already implemented management system such as the Quality Management System ISO 9001. 

An organization can choose to implement the ABMS in conjunction with or as part of other systems, such as those relating to Quality (ISO 9001), Environment (ISO 14001), Safety (ISO 45001), and Information Security (ISO/IEC 27001).

ABMS Background

The ABMS was based upon existing guidance from the International Chamber of Commerce, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Transparency International, and other organizations. 

The standard also incorporated guidance issued by leading international regulators such as the US Department of Justice, US Securities and Exchange Commission, and the UK Ministry of Justice.

The standard was adopted by the governments of Singapore and Peru for their anti-bribery management systems, and formed the basis for the "Shenzhen Standard", an official anti-bribery standard published by the city of Shenzhen, China in June 2017.

Many very large corporations have also announced intentions to obtain ISO 37001 certification.

Main requirements of the ABMS standard

ISO 37001:2016 adopts the "ISO High Level Structure (HSL)" (following the same HSL as ISO 9001:2015) in 10 chapters in the following breakdown: 

1   Purpose

2   Reference standards 

3   Terms and definitions

4   Organization Context

5   Leadership

6   Planning

7   Support

8   Operating Activities

9   Performance Evaluation

10 Improvement

The standard only addresses the ABMS management systems and is not a comprehensive anti-fraud or anti-corruption standard. 

It also contains a great deal of subjectivity as many requirements are qualified by terms such as "appropriate" and "reasonable". 

Therefore, the actual meaning and relevance of ISO 37001 certification is dependent largely upon the thoroughness of the certifying body.

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