GTT (Gaztransport & Technigaz), an engineering company specialised in the transport and storage of liquefied natural gas, received ISO 37001 certification for its anti-bribery management system in October 2018.
How important is strong, internal communication on the significance of a company’s anti-bribery management system?
It cannot be overstated. At GTT this communication originates with the group’s CEO, Philippe Berterottière, who, as early as 2016, began regular communications to all staff on the importance of anti-bribery systems particularly given the emergence of new legal requirements in ethics and corruption prevention. This led to GTT’s reinforcement of its ethics and compliance procedures in the same year.
In addition, since 2017, intense campaigns of awareness raising on corruption risk and GTT’s procedures to mitigate these risks have been implemented throughout the company. By 2018, 86% of GTT staff had followed this awareness training of which 88% were staff with a higher risk of exposure to corruption risk.
Finally, GTT’s successful and continued ISO 37001 certification of its anti-bribery management system offers staff a tangible incentive to ensure that respect for anti-bribery procedures is guaranteed.
How is ISO 37001 certification a commercial advantage for GTT?
Certification of the internationally recognised anti-bribery management system standard 37001 gives a competitive advantage. It represents a guarantee for our clients and those of our overseas subsidiaries that GTT respects international corruption prevention requirements as well as best practices in ethical business conduct. Certification improves GTT’s offer to clients, an advantage to which our staff are very sensitive. Because of the sensitive and important nature of this challenge, at the beginning of 2018, GTT committed itself to implementing an anti-bribery management system according to the requirements of the ISO 37001 standard.
How were you able to design and implement the requirements of the ISO 37001 in such a timely manner?
It is true that our objectives were ambitious, however, the creation of a dedicated team whose primary focus was to apply the standard’s requirements enabled GTT to implement a unique, centralised and efficient anti-bribery management system.
What were the challenges?
As with many companies, GTT’s challenges lay with the need to ensure that its policies matched, mitigated and were appropriate to the identified corruption risks. GTT needed to implement efficient and effective procedures that would respect legal requirements while retaining the company’s ability to be responsive and flexible when faced with business challenges. Without these considerations it would not have been possible to retain the support of GTT staff.
Today, after successful completion of the ISO 37001 audit and subsequent certification, we consider the entire process more than satisfying. It is now up to us to reinforce and maintain our anti-bribery management system.