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Monetary Losses as a Result of Legal Proceedings Associated with Fraud, Bribery or Corruption, or Other Unethical Business Practices

REFERENCE
G2.2.1
CATEGORY
Business Ethics, Corruption, And Bribery
METRIC
Monetary Losses as a Result of Legal Proceedings Associated With Fraud, Bribery or Corruption, or Other Unethical Business Practices
UNIT
Reporting Currency

Definition

This metric tracks the total amount of monetary losses incurred in the last calendar year as a result of legal proceedings related to bribery and corruption.

Expanded Definition

The GRI defines corruption as an “‘abuse of entrusted power for private gain’, which can be instigated by individuals or organizations.” Corruption includes “bribery, facilitation payments, fraud, extortion, collusion, and money laundering. It also includes an offer or receipt of any gift, loan, fee, reward, or other advantage to or from any person as an inducement to do something that is dishonest, illegal, or a breach of trust in the conduct of the enterprise’s business. This can include cash or in-kind benefits, such as free goods, gifts, and holidays, or special personal services provided for the purpose of an improper advantage, or that can result in moral pressure to receive such an advantage.”

SASB specifies the following:

“Legal proceedings shall include any adjudicative proceeding in which the entity was involved, whether before a court, a regulator, an arbitrator, or otherwise.

The scope of monetary losses shall exclude legal and other fees and expenses incurred by the entity in its defense.

The losses shall include all monetary liabilities to the opposing party or to others (whether as the result of settlement or verdict after trial or otherwise), including fines and other monetary liabilities incurred during the reporting period as a result of civil actions (e.g., civil judgments or settlements), regulatory proceedings (e.g., penalties, disgorgement, or restitution), and criminal actions (e.g., criminal judgment, penalties, or restitution) brought by any entity (e.g., governmental, business, or individual).”