On 28th October 2014 Pact issued anti-bribery guidelines for independent producers. Produced with the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, these high level principles and guidelines represent a combined view of best practice to help independent production companies to comply with the Bribery Act 2010 (“the Act”). These guidelines are also supported by STV, UTV and S4C. It is important that production companies understand the implications of this legislation in the UK and beyond. Failure to comply and to implement a company anti-bribery policy could result in senior management facing serious criminal and civil sanctions. Alongside the high level principles, the guidelines also include useful examples of potential offences under the Act and guidance on issues such as gifts and hospitality in the workplace.
The guidelines can be found here.