You have recently been employed as a Compliance Officer for G Ltd, a London-based company that produces medical products and services for the healthcare sector.
You have recently been employed as a Compliance Officer for G Ltd, a London-based company that produces medical products and services for the healthcare sector. The company was established in 2018 before the Covid-19 pandemic crisis, and initially specialised in producing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for frontline healthcare workers. It has expanded rapidly in less than a year and now employs over 150 people. The company supplies healthcare products and services to NHS Trusts and other healthcare providers in the UK.
G Ltd occasionally promotes its goods and services using corporate entertainment. For example, it hired a private box hospitality suite at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival (a national horse-racing event) in order to ‘meet and greet’ key UK customers. A four-course meal was served as well as afternoon tea. Guests had access to a free private bar and could place their own bets on the racing using a dedicated betting service. The Cheltenham event was principally held to promote public relations, networking, and interest in G ltd’s products and services.
G Ltd has been considering the possibility of hosting much more extravagant events in line with its competitors to avoid losing business to them.
The Board of Directors has recently learned that one such competitor is being investigated for bribery due to its lavish corporate hospitality program. You have been called to a board meeting. You are expected to give a 5-minute presentation covering the following matters:
1. Whether the hospitality provided by G Ltd for guests at the Cheltenham Festival event might make it criminally liable for bribery
2. Whether G Ltd’s plans to expand its corporate entertainment program may give rise to allegations of bribery
3. What steps G Ltd should consider taking as an organisation to avoid any possible future allegations of bribery.
Guidance: The Board will want an outline (rather than a detailed analysis) of any relevant bribery offence(s) and whether/why these offences are likely/not likely to have been committed in the circumstances. The Board will need to be appraised of the circumstances in which corporate hospitality is likely to amount to bribery and what steps might be taken by the company to avoid such allegations in its future dealings.
You will be marked out of 100, broken down as follows:
1. Professional behaviour and appearance 10 marks
2. Knowledge and understanding 60 marks
3. Ability to present clearly and precisely 20 marks
4. Ability to respond to questioning 10 marks
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