The Swedish Anti-corruption Institute (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
IMM 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.
IMM also works for self regulation as a means to combat corruption in society and administers the Code of Business Conduct.
IMM’s principals are Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SKL) and The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise. Partnerorganizations are Swedish Bankers’ Association, The Swedish Construction Federation, Läkemedelsindustriföreningen and Swedish Trade Federation. IMM also have a number of supporting members, which you can read about here (in Swedish).
The Code of Business Conduct
The Swedish Anti-Corruption Institute (IMM) 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.
IMM administers the self regulation Code on Gifts, Rewards and other Benefits (the “Code of Business Conduct”). The provisions of the Swedish Penal Code on bribery are general and difficult to interpret, despite the undertaken review thereof; the Code complement and clarifies the legislation.
The Code covers all businesses obliged to maintain bookkeeping, including publicly owned companies, and covers all types of Benefits. The Code is generally stricter than the Swedish Penal Code, anyone following the Code should be able to count on his or her actions being legal.
The code has been adopted by its board of directors as effective as from 1 September 2012 and has been amended on this day, 20th of November 2014 and is published the 9th of December 2014.
The Ethics Committee
Through statements, advice and information, the IMM’s Ethics Committee promotes good practices within the area covered by the IMM Code of Business Conduct. It 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. You can find all the decisions here.
If you wish to come in contact with the Ethics Committee, or if you have any questions about the Ethics Committee’s operations, you’re welcome to send an e-mail to email@example.com.