In order to implement the Decree of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the approval of the country's anti-corruption policy for 2022-2026, the Single Distributor SK-Pharmacy LLP has been certified for the anti-bribery management system for compliance with the requirements of the international standard ISO 37001:2016. The certificate of conformity is registered by the international certification body.
The anti-corruption management system is an effective anti-corruption mechanism that is used in all developed countries. This is an innovation in Kazakhstan.
It should be noted that the Single Distributor became the first organization to receive a certificate of compliance with the international standard ISO 37001:2016 among all subordinate organizations of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
The implementation of the anti-corruption management system was carried out in several stages. The first is staff training in December 2021. A course of lectures was held for the employees of the Single Distributor with the involvement of a certified lecturer. In addition, during 2022, internal trainings were held for the team on the topic of anti-corruption management.
At the second stage, all the necessary internal regulatory documents for the application of ISO 37001 were developed and approved, such as the Guide to the Anti-Corruption Management System in SK-Pharmacy, Rules for conducting an internal Anti-Corruption Management System (ACMS) audit, instructions for combating corruption, etc.
The final stage consisted of a number of specific organizational measures to combat corruption: analysis of corruption risks, anti-corruption monitoring, due diligence of counterparties, settlement of conflicts of interest, creation of confidential information channels, anti-corruption expertise of internal regulations.
Only after the successful implementation of all the above measures, the certification of the implemented anti-corruption management system of the Single Distributor was carried out.
This document defines the implementation by organizations of policies, procedures and controls that are appropriate and commensurate with the bribery risks faced by the organization. It provides a set of requirements as well as guidance on a management system designed to help an organization prevent, detect and take action against corruption, comply with anti-corruption laws and voluntary commitments applicable to its activities.
Based on the results of a certified audit, the Single Distributor demonstrated determination and readiness to fight corruption, as well as the high involvement of all personnel in the implementation and improvement of anti-corruption mechanisms. In particular, the auditors noted the commitment and leadership of the management in relation to the anti-bribery management system.
The implemented anti-corruption management system allows avoiding or minimizing offenses, risks and damages from involvement in corruption, as well as increasing the level of public confidence.
The presence of a certificate of compliance with the international standard also demonstrates to such stakeholders of the Single Distributor as government agencies, contractors, suppliers, integrity and compliance with anti-corruption legislation, proof of compliance with regulatory legal, ethical and professional standards.
It should be noted that the introduction of anti-corruption is voluntary for the subjects of the quasi-public sector, which also confirms the high focus of the company on the development of modern effective measures to prevent corruption.
Verification and confirmation of the compliance of the implemented anti-corruption management system will be carried out annually. It also provides for an internal audit of the effectiveness of the system by the management.
The Single Distributor intends to continue to comprehensively implement all anti-corruption measures provided for by the Concept, which is the direction of the implementation of the National Action Plan for the implementation of the Message of the Head of State.
In October 2012, the British Standards Institute (BSI) submitted a proposal to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to develop a new international standard that would enable organizations around the world to develop and implement effective anti-corruption measures. Exactly 4 years later, the development of a new standard was completed, which was called ‘Anti-bribery management system. Requirements and instructions for use’ ISO 37001: 2016.
The standard establishes a number of detailed requirements and provides recommendations for the creation, implementation, maintenance and improvement of an anti-bribery system. The described methods and means to combat corruption include the adoption of an anti-corruption policy; appointment of a person responsible for compliance with anti-corruption actions; training; assessing the risk of corruption; implementation of financial and non-financial controls, reporting and investigative procedures.