Hello everyone, I'm Lisa Turner, the Lead in the Learning and Development team here at EverCare Services. Today, we are focusing on a subject that is essential for both our ethical conduct and legal compliance—anti-bribery.
Bribery involves offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting something of value to improperly influence someone's actions or decisions.
Failing to adhere to anti-bribery laws can have severe consequences, both for you as an individual and for EverCare as an organization. Moreover, bribery erodes the trust that families have placed in us to take care of their loved ones.
To better understand what bribery might look like in our work, let's consider three specific examples:
In the first scenario, imagine that a family offers you an expensive gift and subtly hints that they would like their parent to have extra television time. Such a situation constitutes an attempt at bribery.
The second scenario involves a medical supplier who offers you a personal discount or free items if you promote their products within EverCare. This action is also a form of bribery.
Finally, in the third scenario, an external homecare service offers you a cash incentive to refer our clients to their services instead of recommending a competitor. This behavior is a clear violation of anti-bribery policies.
Keep an eye out for red flags like gifts that seem excessive or offers that have conditions attached. Transparency is essential.
If you find yourself in a situation where bribery is attempted, it is crucial to decline politely and report the incident without delay. Overlooking even a small act can have significant repercussions for you and EverCare.
EverCare has a strict zero-tolerance policy towards bribery. We have set up confidential reporting mechanisms that allow you to safely report any bribery attempts without fearing retaliation.
The penalties for engaging in bribery could range from the termination of your employment to legal actions against you. EverCare also reserves the right to report any illegal activities to the relevant authorities.
In summary, bribery is both illegal and unacceptable. Be vigilant, maintain transparency, and report any suspicious activities as soon as you become aware of them.
Thank you for investing your time to understand this critical subject. Adhering to anti-bribery laws is not just about avoiding legal trouble; it's about upholding the high level of integrity and trust that defines EverCare Services.