In the first contested prosecution under section 7 of the UK's Bribery Act 2010 (the "Act"), a Londonbased interiors company has been found guilty of the 'corporate offence' of failing to prevent bribery.
In 2013, a director of Skansen Interiors Limited ("Skansen") bribed a project manager during a tender process to secure Skansen two refurbishment contracts, worth a total of £6 million. Skansen made payments of £10,000 to the project manager, with a further £29,000 promised upon completion.
Upon learning of the transactions, in early 2014, Skansen's newly-appointed CEO immediately commenced an internal investigation, implemented an anti-bribery & corruption policy, dismissed the managing director and reported the activity to the National Crime Agency and the City of London Police.
Despite self-reporting the incident and fully cooperating with the police investigation, Skansen was charged with failing to prevent bribery taking place within their organisation.