Just a few years ago, in a post called The Empty Chair, we said: “It’s official. Britain’s absence from the global war on public corruption is now a full-fledged scandal.”
But times change. Although the Bribery Act is on hold, the revitalized Serious Fraud Office is charging to the front lines of global enforcement. And the folks at the SFO seem to be enjoying their work. That’s good, because enthusiasm counts for a lot when you’re trying to engineer a national culture shift about overseas bribery.
Take, for example, the SFO’s recent creation called the taxonomy of fraud (tăk–sŏn’ə–mē: the practice and science of classification.)
It’s an interactive chart that divides fraud into seven main groups, with each group “further broken down into categories consisting of a number of defined fraud types. This,” the SFO says, “will help you see which applies to your particular circumstances.”
The SFO says it had help creating the new tool from the City of London Police, the Financial Services Authority, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, The Home Office, and several others.
You can take the taxonomy of fraud for a spin (you’ll see what we mean) here.