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 on Gifts, Rewards and other Benefits (the Business Code).
Structure and financing
The Institute’s principals are the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (Sw: Stockholms Handelskammare), the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (Sw: Sveriges Kommuner & Landsting) and the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise (Sw: Svenskt Näringsliv). Partner organizations are the Swedish Bankers’ Association, the Swedish Construction Federation, the research based pharmaceutical companies (LIF) and the Swedish Trade Federation.
Organizations and companies can support the Institute as supporting member. Read more about this here (in Swedish).
The Code of Business Conduct
The Business Code covers all businesses obliged to maintain bookkeeping, including publicly owned companies, and covers all types of benefits. The Business Code complements and clarifies the Swedish Penal Code. The Code is further generally stricter than the Swedish Penal Code, thus anyone following the Code should be able to count on his or her actions being legal.
The Code has been adopted by the Institute’s board of directors as effective as from 1 September 2012 and has been amended on the 20th of November 2014.
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. You can find English summaries of rendered 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.
If time allows, IMM welcomes foreign delegations to visit the Institute. If you would like to book a visit, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phone: +46 8 555 100 45
Institutet Mot Mutor
103 21 Stockholm
Brunnsgatan 2, Stockholm, Sweden (entrance via Stockholm Chamber of Commerce).