Anti-Bribery Policy

The RYA is committed to upholding the letter and spirit of the Bribery Act 2010.

Our Policy

1. In accordance with the Bribery Act 2010, the RYA prohibits absolutely the offering, the giving, the solicitation and the acceptance of any bribe, whether cash or other inducement, regardless of size:

  • to or from any person or company, wherever they are situated and whether they are a public official or body or private person or company;
  • by any individual employee, committee member, volunteer, agent or other person or body acting on behalf of the RYA;
  • in order to gain any commercial, contractual or regulatory advantage for the RYA in a way which is illegal or unethical;
  • or in order to gain any personal advantage, pecuniary or otherwise, for the individual or anyone connected with the individual.

Interpreting the Policy

2. It is not the intention of the policy to prevent the following activities, particularly in relation to our role as a National Governing Body for Sport:

  • normal and appropriate hospitality in the course of business;
  • the giving and receiving of ceremonial gifts.

However, 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.

3. If there is any doubt as to whether an action might constitute bribery the matter should be referred to the Finance Director, the HR Advisor or the Chief Executive for a decision.

Preventing and Reporting Bribery

4. All persons working for, and on behalf of, the RYA have a responsibility to prevent, detect and report bribery. Should you hold any suspicion of bribery or attempted bribery committed by or against an employee, volunteer, agent or other party acting on behalf of the RYA it must be reported immediately to your departmental manager or the HR Advisor.