Code to prevent Corruption in Business

The Swedish Anti-Corruption Institute (Sw: Institutet Mot Mutor “IMM”) is a non-profit organization founded in 1923.

The Institute’s mission is to promote ethical decision processes within business as well as within the rest of the community and to prevent the use of bribes and other types of corruption as a means for affecting decision processes.

The Institute puts great emphasis on information to businesses and trade confederations, media and authorities on ethical business behaviour including laws and court cases on corruptive marketing and bribery.

The Institute has since its inception worked for self regulation as a means to combat corruption in society. In this manner, private business has been a driving force in the struggle against bribery and corruption and in convincing the government about the importance of forceful legislation on this topic. The Institute administers the Code to prevent Corruption in Business.

Code to prevent Corruption in Business

Since its foundation in 1923, the Institute has worked to promote self-regulation as a means of combating corruption in society. In 2012, the Institute´s self-regulation “Code to prevent Corruption in Business” was first adopted by the Institute´s Board of Directors. The first version of the Code was produced in connection with the reform in 2012 of the Swedish legislation on bribery.

The Code should be viewed as a supplement to the legislation that complements and clarifies the criminal provisions in the sense that it provides an overall view of an ethically justifiable way of dealing with various situations and also as serving to prevent corruption. The Code covers the entire business sector and, not least, the relationship between the private and the public sector.

The current version of the Code was adopted by the Board of Directors on 10 June 2020 and is valid from 14 August 2020.

The Code is accessible as a pdf and in printed version. To order a printed version of the Code, please send an email to with information about delivery address and how many copies you would like. The Code is free of charge. However, for orders of 10 copies or more, actual freight costs will be invoiced.

The Ethics Committee

Through statements, the Ethics Committee promotes good practices within the area covered by the Business Code. The Committee was founded in 2013 and its secretariat is part of the IMM secretariat and is run by IMM’s Secretary-general.

The Ethics Committee can, by request from an organization, make a statement on actions to be taken by the organization or its related organizations on the giving and taking of a gift, reward, or benefit, with the purpose to define if the action is in accordance with the IMM Code of Business Conduct. The Committee can also make statements based on requests by others that is a (i) receiver of a gift, reward or benefit which comprise with the Code of Business Conduct or (ii) employer to such receiver.

Decisions by the Ethics Committee are published on the IMM website unless specific reasons are provided against publishing.

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Virginie Gastine Menou

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