The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. 

The British Council is committed to complying with all relevant UK legislation and legislation in the countries where it operates. This includes counter-terrorism and money laundering legislation, and applicable sanctions. Our resources must not be used to support criminal or terrorist purposes or in any way that breaches applicable sanctions.  

We will assess the risks of becoming involved with terrorism and money laundering, and of breaching applicable sanctions. We will put in place proportionate measures to manage those risks, while continuing to work in difficult and challenging places.    

The British Council is committed to:

  • having systems, procedures and controls in place to ensure that it manages the risk of becoming involved in financing or supporting terrorist activity, money laundering, or breaching sanctions
  • for the highest risk transactions, checking that those the British Council funds or works with are not on any lists of proscribed terrorist groups or persons, financial sanctions lists or other regulatory compliance lists, and assessing the risks if they are
  • training relevant staff so that they have an awareness of the risks related to terrorist activity, money laundering, and breaching sanctions
  • meeting its obligations to report to external authorities. 

We require all those receiving British Council funds to act in accordance with this policy to ensure that our funds and assets are not used to finance or support terrorist activity or in breach of sanctions. 

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 20202 and is due for review in March 2021.

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