CSL operates in a diverse and complex marketplace where bribery and corruption are risks that could expose the company and employees to possible prosecution, fines and imprisonment. CSL has a number of commercial arrangements with governments and related agencies across various geographies, presenting both challenges and opportunities to the organisation.
CSL's CRBP provides a high-level policy statement on preventing bribery and corruption. A stand-alone Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Policy provides specific guidelines on CSL's expectations and requirements for employees, such as the prohibition of facilitation payments and how to raise concerns.
In addition, CSL's Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Policy, along with the CRBP, ensures the organisation and employees are acting with integrity at all times. New starters receive anti-bribery and anti-corruption training upon commencement with CSL and receive additional focused training and updates as appropriate via online or face-to-face channels depending on job function and the classification of risk identified for the region.
We have other related global policies – Provision of Gifts, Hospitality and Entertainment, and Dealing with Healthcare Professionals and Healthcare Organisations – which provide further guidance to employees on acceptable limits for expenses incurred in connection with company business, and establish a formal approval process by senior management for certain expenses over a prescribed amount (or such lower amount as may be set in a particular country by local management), and also provide guidance on appropriate dealings with healthcare professionals and healthcare organisations.
We consider our overall risk relating to corruption to be low and are committed to ensuring full compliance in how we conduct our operations across all regions where we operate and are seeking to enter.
In 2015/16, our global whistleblower process revealed no instances of bribery or corruption.