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Why ISO 37001? Because global enforcement has arrived

Last month, Matt Kelly, Worth MacMurray, and Leslie Benton wrote posts (here and here) for the FCPA Blog about ISO 37001 — the draft standard for anti-bribery management systems.

Those posts were widely read and stimulated a lot of interest in the topic, along with many questions.

Worth and Leslie are both members of the ISO 37001 U.S. Technical Advisory Group. That’s one of the groups from about 40 countries now working on the standard for anti-bribery management systems.

Leslie recently talked with me about ISO 37001 to answer some of the many questions the compliance community has about the proposed standard.

Here’s our 15-minute conversation.


Richard Bistrong is a contributing editor of the FCPA Blog and CEO of Front-Line Anti-Bribery LLC. He was named one of Ethisphere’s 100 Most Influential in Business Ethics for 2015. He consults, writes and speaks about compliance issues. He can be contacted by email here and on twitter @richardbistrong.

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  1. Does it strike anyone else as odd that we should have to pay $60 for the right to even look at this draft and file comments? If they consider themselves entitled to money for sharing the draft, do they then intend to pay those who offer insight and suggestions on the draft? Why should we pay to provide insight to this committee’s work, when government agencies like the Sentencing Commission solicit and accept comments for free and then provide the product for free?

    Charging money for a standard for compliance and ethics that is supposed to be universal does not move us in a good direction. We should want all kinds of organizations around the world adopting compliance programs – even those that are small without much money. We want companies making the standards known and providing copies to all their people who have compliance responsibilities. We want people in academia to feel free to analyze and critique the standards, which means being able to freely copy and publish them for this purpose.

    I have offered suggestions and ideas for compliance related materials in a variety of forums around the world. But it is ridiculous to be expected to pay to do this.

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