The Bribery Act 2010 will come into force 1 July 2011. The Bribery Act sets out four criminal offences which could apply to charities.
The Ministry of Justice issued guidance in March 2011 to accompany the Act. This guidance clarifies matters of interpretation relating to the Act as well as providing guidance on designing anti-bribery procedures and controls.
The offences are widely drawn; the first offence includes bribes paid anywhere, intended to induce any “improper performance” of a wide range of public or private functions, wherever they are expected to be performed in good faith or impartially.