What is ISO 37001 standard?

ISO 37001 stands for a regulatory reference which certifies an organization’s anti-bribery management system.

The ISO 37001 standard can be applied to any type of company, regardless its field of activity or size.

What is the purpose of ISO 37001 standard?

ISO 37001 standard is built on 10 sections, designed to manage all the aspects of the company life and to lead the organization’s processes to the implementation of the anti-bribery management system.

It must be clarified that the ISO 37001 standards does not specifically regulate illegal activities, but it detects the legal activities that may be significant for the corruption risk.


Is ISO 37001 certification mandatory?

The adoption of an anti-bribery management system is voluntary for the companies.

Why obtain ISO 37001 certification?

  • By following the guidelines of ISO 37001 standard, the organization will be able:

    • To foster transparency and integrity in the company policy;
    • To implement a system that reduces the risk of malpractice by personnel and stakeholders, who act on behalf of the company;
    • To provide evidence of the existence of a suitable measures for preventing risks connected with bribery, in case of legal disputes;
    • To improve its own reputation among suppliers and customers.


How to get ISO 37001 certification?

The certification path consists of 4 stages

Certification Request

All the economic aspects and the auditors’ activities related to the certification process may be agreed at this stage. The finalization of a contract concludes this part. Indeed the process for certification depends on the contract stipulated between the company and the certification body.
Generally, it is valid for three years.

Preliminary Audit (optional and possibly requested by the customer)

It is an initial assessment of the current company’s management system.
The preliminary audit is not involved in the normal process for certification and any possible improvement thus is intended to be nothing but a suggestion and it is not included in the official audit report.

Certification Audit – Stage 1

The audit is held in the company office. In this stage, the auditor gathers all the informations and evaluates the documents referring to the management system that must be certified. The auditor analyses the compulsory and voluntary standards. This is a preparatory step for the second stage of the Certification Audit.

Certification Audit – Stage 2

In this stage, the auditor will ascertain that the company complies with the management system. At the end of this process, the auditor will submit the ISO issue request to the certification body, if a significant nonconformity does not occur.

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