It is Walker Books Ltd, Walker Books Australia, Candlewick Press Inc and Walker Productions Ltd’s (“the Walker Group”) policy to conduct business in an honest way, and without the use of corrupt practices or acts of bribery to obtain an unfair advantage.
This is not just a moral commitment on the part of the Walker Group; it is a legal requirement. Bribery is a criminal offence in most countries in which our companies operate and acts of bribery expose the Walker Group and its employees to the risk of prosecution, fines and imprisonment, as well as endangering the Walker Group’s reputation.
Bribery and corruption harm the societies in which the acts are committed. Such behaviour undermines the economy, stunts democratic development and disorders markets. It is a moral as well as a legal issue.
This Policy has been adopted by the Walker Group board of directors (the “Board”) and is to be communicated to everyone involved in our business to ensure their commitment to it.
The Board attaches the utmost importance to this Policy and will apply a zero tolerance approach to acts of bribery and corruption by any of our employees or by business partners working on our behalf.
The Board has conducted an independent review of Walker’s anti-bribery and corruption policies and procedures. You can download a copy of our policy here. The Walker Group reserves the right to amend and update this Policy at any time.
Any breach of this Policy will be regarded as a serious matter by the Walker Group and any breach of the Policy by employees is likely to result in disciplinary action and appropriate action will be taken against third parties.
The procedures outlined in this Policy will be overseen by Alan Lee, the Board’s Anti-Corruption and Bribery Compliance Officer. In the US and Australia, local regional anti-corruption and bribery officers have been appointed reporting to the Board Compliance Officer.