Definition of Bribery
A bribe is any inducement or reward offered, promised or provided in order to gain any commercial, contractual, regulatory or personal advantage. Bribery can take many forms, including:
- Cash payments
- Gifts or other benefits
- Promises of future employment or contracts
- Discounts or kickbacks
- Favors or services
Scope of the Policy
This policy applies to all employees, contractors and agents of AtlasScience, regardless of their location or position. It also applies to any third parties who act on our behalf such as joint venture partners and subcontractors.
Under this policy, it is prohibited to:
- Offer, promise or give a bribe to any person
- Solicit or accept a bribe from any person
- Knowingly assist or induce another person to offer, promise or give a bribe
- Knowingly assist or induce another person to solicit or accept a bribe
Any employee who suspects or becomes aware of any actual or potential violation of this policy must immediately report it to their supervisor. All reports will be investigated thoroughly and confidentially.
Any employee who is found to have violated this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment. In addition, AtlasScience may also report any violations to the appropriate law enforcement authorities.
AtlasScience is committed to maintaining a high standard of business ethics. We expect all of our employees and business partners to adhere to this policy. If you have any questions about this policy, please contact us.
In addition to the above, AtlasScience employees should be aware of the following specific risks of bribery and corruption in the industry:
- Clients may offer bribes to employees in order to secure favorable treatment, such as preferential access to resources or insider information.
- Employees may be offered bribes by third-party vendors in order to influence their recommendations to clients.
- Employees may be offered bribes by government officials in order to secure or maintain contracts or licenses.
It is important for all employees to be vigilant in identifying and reporting any potential bribery or corruption. If you are unsure whether a particular situation is covered by this policy, please err on the side of caution and report it to your supervisor.