ISO 37001:2016

ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Managment System (ABMS)

This ISO Standard provides a management system to help organizations in the fight against corruption, by establishing a culture of integrity, transparency and compliance.

The Anti-Bribery Management System (ABMS) can be a stand-alone system or integrated into an already implemented management system such as the Quality Management System ISO 9001.

An organization can choose to implement the ABMS in conjunction with or as part of other systems, such as those relating to Quality (ISO 9001), Environment (ISO 14001), Safety (ISO 45001), and Information Security (ISO/IEC 27001).

Main requirements of the ABMS standardISO 37001:2016 adopts the "ISO High Level Structure (HSL)" (following the same HSL as ISO 9001:2015) in 10 chapters in the following breakdown:

  • Purpose

  • Reference standards

  • Terms and definitions

  • Organization Context

  • Leadership

  • Planning

  • Support

  • Operating Activities

  • Performance Evaluation

  • Improvement

The standard only addresses the ABMS management systems and is not a comprehensive anti-fraud or anti-corruption standard. It also contains a great deal of subjectivity as many requirements are qualified by terms such as "appropriate" and "reasonable". Therefore, the actual meaning and relevance of ISO 37001 certification is dependent largely upon the thoroughness of the certifying body.

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