The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.
As a registered charity, the British Council must comply with charity law. This includes ensuring that its assets are safeguarded and properly used to meet its charitable objectives. We receive grant-in-aid funds from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and must also take steps to safeguard these and other public funds.
The British Council has a ‘zero tolerance’ policy towards fraud, bribery and corruption. We will always investigate and seek to take disciplinary and/or legal action against those who commit, attempt to commit, or assist anyone committing fraud or any other improper activities in our operations.
The British Council is committed to:
- developing an anti-fraud culture across the organisation
- seeking to minimise the opportunities for fraud, bribery and corruption
- having effective systems, procedures and controls in place to enable the prevention and detection of fraud, corruption and bribery
- ensuring that its staff are aware of the risks of fraud, bribery and corruption and understand their obligations to report any actual or suspected incidents of fraud, bribery or corruption
- taking all reports of fraud, bribery and corruption seriously, and investigating them proportionately and appropriately
- meeting its obligations to report any incidents of fraud, bribery and corruption to appropriate external authorities.
We will provide adequate and appropriate resources to implement this policy and will ensure it is communicated and understood.
The British Council will review this global policy statement annually to reflect new legal and regulatory developments and ensure good practice.
This global policy statement was approved by Sir Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive, in March 2019 and is due for review in March 2020.