The Met Office is proud of its international reputation for scientific integrity and this ethic pervades all of its activities including its commercial operations.
In support of its commitment to maintaining the highest possible standards of business practice the Met Office stance on bribery is one of 'zero-tolerance'. Bribery is illegal and as such has no place in our organisation.
In accordance with the Bribery Act 2010 the Met Office prohibits the following:
This prohibition includes facilitation payments made to public officials for securing or accelerating routine processes and procedures.
It is not the intention of the policy to prevent the following activities, particularly in relation to our international role as a representative of the UK Government:
Such hospitality or gifts must be in moderation and not place any expectation on the recipient to reciprocate either in like or by performing, or failing to perform, any other task in return.
If there is any doubt as to whether an action might constitute bribery the matter should be referred to either a Met Office Director or the Treasurer for a decision.
All Met Office staff have a responsibility to prevent, detect and report bribery. Relevant guidance is available to support all staff in fulfilling this duty.
Any suspicion of bribery or attempted bribery committed by or against an employee, agent or other party acting on behalf of the Met Office must be reported immediately to the Met Office Counter Fraud Officer on 01392 884987.
The Met Office Whistleblowing Policy is in place to protect anyone reporting reasonable suspicions.
Reviewed by John Hirst, Met Office Chief Executive, 28th March 2013
Last updated: 30 April 2013