The International Corruption Unit (ICU) investigates international bribery and corruption and related money laundering offences.
The main functions of the ICU are to investigate:
The ICU also traces and recovers the proceeds of international corruption
Other functions of the ICU include:
The ICU is supported by the Department for International Development as part of its goal to reduce the poverty caused by corruption. However, the ICU remit is not limited to developing countries.
The ICU was created in May 2015 as part of the UK Anti Corruption Plan, combining the remits of the Metropolitan Police Proceeds of Corruption Unit, the City of London Police Overseas Anti-Corruption Unit and elements of the NCA Economic Crime Command.
This is especially relevant if you are planning to expand your business to operate overseas and in areas where corruption is a problem. If you are a company or partnership operating in the UK, you need to consider your risks of bribery and the measures needed to prevent wrongdoing.
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