Anti-corruption measures: 3 years after the Sapin II law, where are the companies?

AFA press release

In February 2020, the French Anti-Corruption Agency launched a vast survey on the level of maturity of anti-corruption provisions in companies.

An online, anonymous questionnaire intended for all companies regardless of their turnover, workforce and activities was thus sent to professional federations for distribution to their members.

This approach has made it possible to reach nearly two thousand companies and to collect updated data on the state of corruption prevention in the private sector.

AFA is today delivering the results of this study in an analysis report published on its website. This diagnosis sheds light on the state of knowledge of companies in terms of breaches of probity. It also makes it possible to identify the various systems put in place and areas for improvement.

While companies feel that they are well aware of corruption offenses and that 70 % of them have implemented a prevention system, this can still be improved, particularly with regard to risk mapping, third-party assessment or the positioning of the head of the compliance function.

Among the salient elements of this study, a large focus is devoted to SMEs and small mid-cap companies not subject to article 17 of the Sapin II law, in order to measure their level of appropriation of anti-corruption measures.

In line with the objectives of the multiannual national anti-corruption plan, published on January 9, 2020, the survey meets the objective of supporting companies in their appropriation of the French anti-corruption framework and also contributes to a better knowledge of the reality of corruption risks.

In this regard, the results of the diagnosis of the private sector usefully complement those of the survey launched by AFA in 2018 among local public actors.

“The national diagnosis on anti-corruption measures in companies” will allow the Agency to further adapt its recommendations as well as its support and awareness-raising offer to the private sector.

Download the report
https://www.agence-francaise-anticorruption.gouv.fr/files/files/Diagnosticnationalsurlesdispositifsanticorruptiondanslesentreprises.pdf

Virginie Gastine Menou
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