2. Corruption and Bribery

Be cordial.
Don’t be corrupt.

Don’t accept bribes and don’t bribe someone else. Remember that legitimate parts of doing business have a clear business purpose.



Never grant improper advantages. Benefits may not have an unreasonably high value and shouldn’t exceed the recipient’s normal standard of living.

Generally, public officials should never be offered any advantages.

Take caution. Make sure requests for sponsorships or a “charitable contribution” is not a request for or offer of bribery in disguise.

Gifts or other donations that could be considered as a bribe and exceeds the value of EUR 25.00 must be reported and may only be accepted or given by the respective supervisor following approval in writing.


Business purpose includes, reasonable and bona fide hospitality, and expenditures that are promotional or in other ways business-related.