A bribe means a financial or other inducement or reward for action which is illegal, unethical, a breach of trust or improper in any way. Bribes can take the form of money, gifts, loans, fees, hospitality, services, discounts, the award of a contract or any other advantage or benefit. Bribery includes offering, promising, giving, accepting or seeking a bribe.
It is not the intention that genuine hospitality and reasonable and proportionate business entertaining, including the giving or receipt of gifts, should infringe the law. However, the guidance in all cases is that it should be appropriate in the circumstances and not unduly lavish, and the key point is that it should never be provided or accepted with the expectation of securing an advantage or inducing improper performance. If you think you are subject to bribery you should discuss this with your staff contact immediately. Further guidance is available in the main policy.