Anti-corruption is a priority issue
Corruption is not only illegal. It also prevents efficient trade and development. For FXM, anti-corruption is a priority issue and we are working actively to combat corruption and to promote open competition on equal terms.
”The cleaner the competition, the better it is for a manufacturer of high-tech, cost-efficient quality products and obvioulsy the better it is for a buyer who will get the most qualified products at the best price. Corruption is illegal all over the world. Working actively with anti-corruption efforts is a long-term, strategic choice for every company. Standing for incorruptibility and being associated with an ethical approach is also one of the best means of protecting against corruption.”
Ulf Hammarström, Director-General of the Swedish Defence and Security Export Agency, FXM.
(In the training above it is outlined what is generally illegal from an anti-corruption perspective but the assessment depends on the legislation in the jurisdiction in question and also on an overall assessment of the circumstances.)
”Corruption causes damage on so many levels. Globally, corruption harms most the most vulnerable people … Corruption does not only affect countries, it seriously affects companies as well. It damages trust and trademarks, and it damages business in the long run. Corruption costs money and long-term profits”.
Helena Sundén, Secretary-General of the Swedish Anti-Corruption Institute, IMM.
FXM requires an anti-corruption certificate
In order for FXM to provide export support to a company, the company must sign an anti-corruption certificate. The company then certifies that control systems to combat corruption are in place and that neither the company, nor anyone acting on its behalf, has given or will give, any bribes or other improper remuneration. Companies are also reminded that Swedish legislation imposes penal sanctions on the receipt and giving of bribes.
- The Swedish Anti-Corruption Institute – corporate codes with support and information. You can also ask questions about what is permitted.
- Anti Corruption Portal – country by country, the portal describes how widespread corruption is and the legislation to combat it. Here, you can also find courses and support for companies wishing to draw up guidelines against corruption.
- Transparency International – annual index of corruption experienced in different countries.
On 16 April 2015, FXM arranged a round-table discussion on anti-corruption, together with SOFF. Some twenty company executives took part to discuss the challenges and dilemmas associated with the issue. Read more about the round-table discussion here.
In 2013, FXM held a seminar on corruption risks in the defence industry together with Transparency International, Society and Defence and SOFF. Some one hundred people took part. Read more here.
Code of conduct
FXM has a code of conduct with rules and principles that all its staff must comply with. This provides the basis for the daily decisions that are made at the Agency. The code illustrates the approach applying to FXM and to its contacts with cooperation partners, other agencies, suppliers and society in general.
You can find the code of conduct here (in Swedish).
The Council on Basic Values…
… is a working group within the Government Offices ”which, via activities, documents and other outreach measures is to work to ensure that respect and understanding for the basic values of the state are maintained at all levels of central government administration”. The Council has produced the booklet ”A culture that counteracts corruption” with facts on corruption and ideas about how preventive work to combat it can be undertaken. You can find the booklet here.
”Corruption hinders open competition. No market is immune but the risks in the defence market are often greater, since business deals must sometimes be surrounded by security policy and commercial secrecy. This places high demands on responsible action on the part of security and defence companies by strengthening and developing their anti-corruption efforts and refraining from business deals where the risks are too great”.
Robert Limmergård, Secretary-General of the Swedish Security and Defence Industry Association (SOFF).