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Compliance

As a public affairs company, we seek and gain access to public officials to persuade them to change a policy, or its application.  We are therefore mindful that we must hold ourselves to the highest possible standard when dealing with government officials. We willingly comply with the most restrictive requirements for the conduct of advocacy both in the jurisdictions where we are established as well as in those where we conduct work on behalf of clients: namely, the Bribery Act of the United Kingdom, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of the United States and the Penal Code of the United Arab Emirates.

More broadly, companies are inevitably part of the communities where they do business and are located.  We try to be responsible and productive members of those societies where we are located.  This page details some of our efforts in that regard:

Ethics and compliance are a regular part of our internal and external processes and culture.

Compliance

Compliance is a cornerstone of our corporate induction for each employee.

Contractual

Our employment contracts’ anti-bribery policy is clear and includes definitions, clarity on what constitutes a bribe and how to report any perceived instances of bribery, and the processes that would follow.

Annual Training

Every staff person is required to attend annual UKBA and FCPA training and certification sessions with an outside legal specialist.

National Registrations

We are members of the national lobbying transparency registers where we trade.

Strict Internal Processes

All company interactions and expenditure are recorded according to a strict process; all expenses are cross-checked by at least three different company units and outside contractors.

Pro Bono and Corporate Citizenship

Pro Bono Work

We provide our services to some of the causes we believe in pro bono. We have worked with homelessness charities, and with campaigns to empower women and girls. Some of the organisations we have worked with include the Global Women’s Innovation Network (GlobalWIN), and Crisis, the homelessness charity.

Corporate Charity Days

Each year, staff in the London office donate one morning’s revenue to charitable causes in the local area. In 2015, we raised £8 990, divided among staff-nominated charities.

Our Washington, DC office participates in help-to-work schemes aimed at under-represented communities.

Access Partnership is proud of its spotless record, and continues to do the maximum possible to ensure it is maintained. If you would like to know more, please contact info@accesspartnership.com.