18 November 2019. AENOR has awarded OHL the certificate based on the standard UNE-ISO 37001, which accredits the implementation of an Anti-bribery management system and confirms that the company has implemented best practice in accordance with international standards to combat crime within its organization.
The international standard ISO 37001 specifies the requirements and provides a guide to establish, implement, maintain, revise and improve an anti-bribery management system within organizations. It includes best practice in accordance with international standards and also serves as a tool for good governance and due diligence in organizations to prevent bribery. Among other requirements, it is required that procedures be established for the prevention of activities that give rise to crimes, both internally and with the business partners and affiliate companies.
AENOR has awarded OHL this certification after performing a rigorous audit of the measures implemented by the company as part of its policy of integrity and transparency to prevent, detect and combat corruption.
OHL, the Europe and America-based multinational construction and civil engineering company, was founded over one hundred years ago. According to the CEO, José Antonio Fernández Gallar "this is a highly-prized certification for the company as it accredits its commitment to best business practice based on its Code of Ethics, in force since 2010, and which is derived from the Code of Conduct implemented by the company 17 years ago, as well as its Anti-Corruption Policy, approved in 2015."
Carlos Esteban, Chairman of AENOR, declared that "having an Anti-bribery Management System in place is a firm commitment from the organization's leaders to establish a culture of integrity, transparency, honesty and compliance. The added value of the AENOR certificate generates trust among stakeholders and society and permits OHL to align itself with the most important values in today's society."
Receiving certification based on the UNE-ISO 37001 standard implies that a company or organization complies with the applicable anti-corruption laws and regulations, and also follows the recommendations of international organizations such as the OECD, the United Nations Organization, and the corporate governance recommendations published by the Spanish Securities Market Commission (CNMV), the supervisory body for the securities markets in Spain.