South Staffordshire Plc (the "Company") is committed to applying the highest standards of ethical conduct and integrity in its business activities. Every employee and individual acting on the Company's behalf is responsible for maintaining the Company's reputation and for conducting business honestly and professionally.
The Company considers that bribery and corruption has a detrimental impact on business by undermining good governance and distorting free markets.
The Company benefits from carrying out business in a transparent and ethical way. The Company does not tolerate any form of bribery, whether direct or indirect, by, or of, its employees, officers, agents or consultants or any persons or companies acting for it or on its behalf. The board and senior management are committed to implementing and enforcing effective systems to prevent and eliminate bribery, in accordance with the Bribery Act 2010.
The Company and its subsidiary companies have issued an anti-bribery and corruption policy, together with polices on gifts and corporate hospitality (the "Policies"), outlining the Company's position on preventing and prohibiting bribery and corruption. These Policies apply to all employees and they are required to familiarise themselves and comply with these Policies.
A bribe is a financial advantage or other reward that is offered to, given to, or received by an individual or company (whether directly or indirectly) to induce or influence that individual or company to perform public or corporate functions or duties improperly.
Employees and others acting for or on behalf of the Company are strictly prohibited from making, soliciting or receiving any bribes or unauthorised payments. As part of its anti-bribery measures, the Company accepts transparent, proportionate, reasonable and bona fide hospitality and promotional expenditure, whether given or received.
A breach of these Policies by an employee will be treated as grounds for disciplinary action. Employees and other individuals acting for the Company should note that bribery is a criminal offence that may result in up to 10 years' imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine for the individual and an unlimited fine for the Company.
The Company will not conduct business with service providers, agents or representatives that do not support appropriate anti-bribery and corruption objectives.
The success of the Company's anti-bribery and corruption measures depends on all employees, and those acting for the Company, playing their part in helping to prevent bribery. Therefore, all employees and others acting for, or on behalf of, the Company are encouraged to report any suspected bribery in accordance with the procedures set out in the Policies or in the case of third parties to the Company Secretary. The Company will support any individuals who make such a report in good faith.