Corruption always occurs when employees of companies want to enrich themselves, or when companies hope to be favoured in orders or to settle fraudulent sham payments. These cases of fraud are usually only possible through the bribery of decision-makers. It starts with "feeding" through gifts. The correct handling of gifts is therefore an important component of any anti-corruption compliance.
Purchasing departments and sales departments are therefore particularly at risk. The awarding of public contracts, especially in the construction and real estate sectors, is also regularly affected. Corruption is also an issue when it comes to official approvals. Here, too, individual companies use bribery to gain economic advantages.
The number of uncovered cases of corruption is constantly increasing and leads to more and more court rulings with fines, liability of the company and compensation payments. Without sufficient anti-corruption compliance, the risks for companies of becoming liable increase rapidly. Even the smallest companies can be involved in corruption.