An act of corruption is:
- The act of offering, promising, giving, accepting or soliciting,
- directly or indirectly, an undue advantage (gift, offer or promise)
- so that a person, whether public or private, accomplishes, refrains from accomplishing, delays or accelerates,
- the accomplishment of an action within the performance of their duties (legal, contractual or professional obligations).
The undue advantage may be financial, or not. The actual or supposed value of the advantage does not matter.
In any event, these are inappropriate or undue advantages intended to influence a decision in favour of Rexel's business (gifts, travel, improper contract procurement, payments to a tax or customs administration agent to derogate from the laws or avoid penalties, etc.).
The Code of Conduct prohibits not only corruption itself but also trading of influence and related, similar and equivalent offences both within the context of French criminal law and within the context of the various foreign laws applicable in all the countries where Rexel is present.
For more information: Various terms used in the Code are defined in the Glossary.