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The following policies apply to all British Council employees. They also govern any other individuals working on British Council premises, including partners of and suppliers to the British Council. Our Code of Conduct sets the standards for the way we work in all our activities and locations. 

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Anti-fraud and corruption

In line with the Fraud Act 2006 and the Bribery Act 2010, the British Council has a ‘zero tolerance’ policy towards fraud, bribery and corruption.

Anti-money laundering

We adopt a ‘zero tolerance’ policy to fraud, bribery and corruption, and we have an obligation to prevent our organisation and staff from being exposed to the risks of money laundering.

Child protection

The British Council recognises that we have a fundamental duty of care towards all children we engage with, including a duty to protect them from abuse.

Environment

We recognise and manage the impact of our business operations and activities on the environment.

Equal opportunity and diversity

We are committed to ensuring that there is no unjustified discrimination in the recruitment, retention, training and development of our staff.

Fair trading

The British Council adheres to all applicable legal requirements in our trading activities.

Financial management and reporting

All British Council expenditure must meet public scrutiny. Our resources must not be abused, misspent, misappropriated or defrauded, and cannot be used for private interests.

Freedom of information

We are committed to openness and transparency and we recognise our UK statutory obligations under the Freedom of Information Act and Environmental Information Regulations.

Health and safety

In all that we do the British Council acknowledges our duty of care to ensure a safe place to work for our staff, customers and visitors

Media and social media

We have rules in place to ensure that we maintain an appropriate and professional media and social media presence.

Partnerships

Our partnerships should always reflect our values and be in line with our charitable objectives.

Privacy

We are committed to protecting and managing personal information in accordance with UK law, international good practice and individuals’ rights.

Records management

We are committed to the creation, maintenance and management of records which document our activities to support governance and to facilitate compliance with legal requirements.

Risk management

In all that we do, the British Council is committed to managing risk and embedding risk management into our work.

Security

The British Council acknowledges our duty of care to our staff, customers, visitors, consultants, contractors and others with whom we engage in physical or digital environments

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