The modern organization is a complex web of relationships and interactions that span traditional business boundaries. Over half of the organization’s ‘insiders’ are no longer traditional employees, but rather third parties: suppliers, vendors, service providers, consultants, etc. Complexity grows as these interconnected relationships, processes, and systems nest themselves in layers of subcontracting.
Around the world, governments are getting stricter about enforcing anti-bribery and anti-corruption regulations such as the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the U.K. Anti-Bribery Act, and other national laws modelled on the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention. These regulations forbid bribery and corruption by companies and their third-party partners, including resellers, distributors, and marketing agencies.