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This page outlines the role that the Public Sector can play in addressing the threats from Bribery and Corruption.

The integrity of the Island’s institutions as well as their interaction with each other is crucial.  These include the Branches of Tynwald, Executive Government, Statutory Boards and Offices and the Attorney General’s Chambers, Regulatory Agencies, the Constabulary and Local Authorities. 

Public servants are expected to comply with the Seven Principles of Public Life also known as the ‘Nolan Principles’.  The Nolan Principles are explicitly referred to both in the Isle of Man Government Code 2017 and the Corporate Governance Principles and Code of Conduct  

They apply equally to all public service bodies, irrespective of whether they are elected or appointed.  The Principles are:

  • Selflessness
  • Integrity
  • Objectivity
  • Accountability
  • Openness
  • Honesty
  • Leadership

Public Servants are expected to operate to the highest standards of governance and take proactive steps to address the threat and perceptions of Bribery and Corruption.  This includes ensuring that there are adequate safeguards in place to mitigate the risks inherent in a small and close-knit community where personal and business relationships may potentially overlap.

On this page you will find links to relevant Isle of Man legislation, policies and regulations.

There are also links to policies, procedures, codes and guidance specific to Isle of Man Government.

Isle of Man Government Policies, Procedures, Codes and Guidance

Anti-Bribery Policy and Procedure

Audit Advisory Division Information and Guidance

Conflicts of Interest Guidance

Financial Regulations

Procurement Division Information, Policy and Guidance

Whistleblowing (Confidential Reporting) Policy

Reporting suspected Bribery and Corruption

If Bribery or Corruption are suspected within your organisation, they must be reported.

Under the Bribery Act 2013, a "person exercising a function on behalf of a public body" must report suspicions of Bribery to a Constable.  You can do this by contacting the Isle of Man Constabulary

Isle of Man Government staff should also refer to the Whistleblowing (Confidential Reporting) Policy for further advice and guidance on how to raise concerns. 

In the event that it is not possible to follow the Whistleblowing (Confidential Reporting) Policy, you can report your concerns using the Confidential Reporting Form link on this page.


What is a Public Body?

The Bribery Act 2013 defines a 'public body' as any of the following —

  1. the Crown;
  2. Tynwald and either of its constituent branches;
  3. a Department or Statutory Board;
  4. a body the members, or any of the members, of which are
    appointed by, or whose appointment requires the approval of
  5. a local authority;
  6. any body existing in a country or territory outside the Island that
    is equivalent to any body specified in paragraphs (a) to (e);
  7. any other description of public body (including bodies existing in
    a country or territory outside the Island);

Where can I go for guidance regarding my employment rights?

If you have any questions in relation to whistleblowing and your employment rights, the Manx Industrial Relations Service can provide guidance and advice.

The Department for Enterprise publishes a Guide to Employment Rights.  This provides a detailed overview of Isle of Man employment law and some other relevant legislation as at March 2022.