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22 May 2013

Mott MacDonald becomes the first consultancy firm to achieve BS10500 anti-bribery certification

Mott MacDonald has become the first consultancy firm to achieve certification to the new anti-bribery management system standard, BS10500.

The award from Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA), a leading accredited provider of management system certification, covers the consultancy’s work in the transportation, energy, water, buildings, environment and industry sectors.

The BS10500 standard takes into account the requirements of the UK Bribery Act 2010, which became law in July 2011 and introduced anti-corruption laws which include the “failure of a commercial organisation to prevent bribery.” The award gives additional confidence to Mott MacDonald’s clients and stakeholders that effective robust anti-bribery management systems are in place and will be regularly audited by LRQA.

Keith Howells, Mott MacDonald chairman, said: “Mott MacDonald over the years has developed a rigorous approach to the prevention of bribery and corruption. Standing firm on this most important of issues will continue to serve the best interests of Mott MacDonald, our customers and the societies in which we operate. To ensure we maintain the highest of standards, formal requirements for compliance have been introduced into our management system, and we are very pleased that these have now been assessed by LRQA as meeting the requirements of the BS10500 standard.”

Richard Sadler, chief executive of Lloyd’s Register, said: “We are delighted that Mott MacDonald has become an early adopter of this best practice standard. By seeking independent certification of its ethical suite of processes, it is sending a clear signal of its determination to be entirely transparent throughout all business operations.

“With the introduction of the UK Bribery Act, ignorance is no defence. Organisations with a robust anti-bribery management system will have processes in place to be able to demonstrate compliance with the Act to their stakeholders. BS 10500 certification by a third party – such as LRQA – will naturally give additional credibility,” he concluded.

Mott MacDonald will be applying to extend BS10500 certification to the other sectors in which it operates by the end of 2013.


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