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Anti-Corruption Training Programme


Available as an interactive eLearning programme or as a five-part, microlearning video and text content series, either way it ticks every box on your anti-bribery, anti-fraud and anti-corruption awareness training checklist.

“Don’t Feed The Octopus” Anti-corruption Training

Brings all your anti-bribery and anti-corruption awareness objectives to life in a training programme that is ready to roll-out and reduce your ethics risks

Fulfill governance obligations

Promote confidence in the integrity and anti-corruption commitment of your organisation in the eyes of shareholders, regulators, funders, sponsors, auditors and the general public.

Engage audience hearts

Shock, horror, and fear at the human and legal consequences of corruption deliver a marked shift in attitudes and action.

Deliver comprehensive knowledge

Described by expert reviewers as the best available description of corruption and its tools, bribery, fraud, abuse of position, blackmail and extortion.

Motivate anti-corruption compliance

The consequences of non-compliance for the organisation and the individual employee are brought powerfully home.

Clarify speak-up expectations

A simple model sets out the obligations on all employees to recognise, resist and report corruption.

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Key Anti-corruption Training Programme Features

The magic of microlearning

Five short videos distributed with pre-drafted text communication over one work week achieves superior results compared to traditional, time-consuming training.


Reach every employee, at every level with a consistent message

Carefully crafted content serves as a timely reminder to some while delivering powerful new insights to others. Simultaneous distribution brings you the magic of momentum.

Content that speaks to diverse audiences

Everyone in the workplace will see themselves somewhere in the series which positions corruption as a global issue.

Ready to roll-out with supporting content

The programme comes standard with pre-drafted and editable text communication content that takes the hassle out of your positioning of the programme.

Optional knowledge checks

Expert-designed, editable knowledge checks for online delivery or in-person administration, giving your evidence of learning and ease of summary reporting.

Optional certificates of completion

 An Ethicalways Certificate of Completion template for ease of population instils pride in delegates and reinforces commitment.

Sub-titled in multiple languages

Available in English (original) or with subtitles in English, Portuguese, French, isiZulu, Afrikaans and Spanish.

Content Overview for anti-corruption training

“Don’t Feed The Octopus”


Day 1 – Episode 1

“The Turn of the Tide”


A motivational scene-setter that shatters the commonly held perception that ‘everyone is doing it and getting away with it’. We take a whirlwind tour of global developments that indicate that the tide is turning against corruption. 

International trends developing behind the spotlight on corruption are revealed – showing that unless individuals and organisations embrace anti-corruption practices, they may well drown in a deluge of compliance enforcement and reputation destruction.    

Day 2 – Episode 2

“The craft of Corruption”


A high-impact back to basics overview of what corruption actually is, and an insight into the corruptor’s ‘toolkit’ – the tools or methods by which corruption is achieved. We explain each of the tools – bribery (and kickbacks), abuse of position, blackmail, and extortion, and fraud. 

The common characteristics and consequences of a corrupt act are reviewed: secrecy, collusion or coercion, abuse, loss (there is always a victim), and profit in its broadest sense (for the perpetrator).

The concepts of grand versus petty corruption are brought home in a way that sets up the focus of Episode 3 on the two most commonly encountered tools of corruption in the workplace.

Day 3 – Episode 3

“The Lure and the Bait”


In this episode we take an in-depth look at 1) Bribery and 2) Abuse of Position – the tools of corruption that employees of all levels need to understand, recognise and resist.

The use and abuse of one’s position to demand or cajole subordinate employees or colleagues into deviating from appropriate practices is shown to be a far too common workplace reality. We empower delegates with the knowledge that they do not need to blindly follow suspicious or irregular instructions and warn them to avoid conceding to untoward requests from colleagues simply in order to maintain harmony.

Day 4 – Episode 4

“The Octopus in the Deep”


The fact that it is increasingly hard to transact corruptly in secret due to social media, and an increasing propensity of individuals and organisations to confess to corruption, are the two trends that set the scene for this episode.

Using the octopus as a way of explaining the tricky concept of anti-bribery laws with extraterritorial reach, we explain the objectives and operation of foreign bribery laws.

This includes an overview of the powerful and even terrifying ‘carrots and sticks’ used by enforcement agencies. From an understanding of profit disgorgement orders to an appreciation of the concept of reduced penalties for full disclosure that includes identifying internal wrongdoers, delegates come to understand the peril that their employer and they are exposed to when corruption occurs in business. 

Day 5 – Episode 5 – The finale!

“Securing Safe Harbour”


Our concluding episode focuses on the reputational risk for individuals and organisations found to have conducted business corruptly and on the need for all employees of every level to commit to a set of three practices – ongoing self-reflection, recognition of unethical activity around us, and speaking up when we become aware of potential ethical risks.

The concept of a moral duty to act in the best interests of the employer as lying at the heart of the employment relationship is discussed, together with the fact that exercising this duty is not optional – and that it includes sharing information about risk that the employer may not be aware of.

Use of the different channels for reporting concerns is encouraged (direct, open and internal versus anonymous and confidential ethics hotlines). 

The series ends on a motivational note – encouraging all to be a lighthouse that helps their organisation navigate to safe harbour rather than drown in the deluge of an anti-corruption enforcement tidal wave.

Feedback received from “DON’T FEED THE OCTOPUS” anti-corruption training clients

Marketing and communications executive

Truly amazing, brilliant work. Anti-corruption expert. The delivery and visuals are provoking and engaging.

Human Resources Director

It is excellent in that it embraces all kinds and sizes of businesses and organizations. Global compliance leader. The content appeals and is appropriate across the board and levels within organizational hierarchy.

Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Like that the visuals were deliberately chosen to be global in content and not single out a country, region or ethnic groups. This gives the Don't feed the Octopus Series true global appeal.

Compliance Specialist

I particularly liked the weaving in of the theme of socio-economic injustice as a major outcome of corruption.

Legal counsel

Excellent delivery in layperson’s terms of otherwise complex legal concepts.

Anti-corruption programme manager

You have managed to not only show the trends of corruption currently active in our world, but also perfectly balanced that with the positive trends turning the tide against it, which are often not celebrated enough or marketed enough.

Chief Compliance Officer

Would make excellent video content for ethics and compliance officers to use in ethics risks discussion with employees in the workplace.

Compliance Officer

Finally I can get all our employees ‘face to face’ with an anti-corruption expert

Ethics Officer

Like a webinar presented in chunks, and taken to another level

Learning design expert

The cheeky music is one of the many spoons of sugar that makes the medicine of your message go down. Great stuff.

Marketing Director

Striking imagery complements the expert input – what a watchable series!

L&D manager

Serious and important subject delivered well

Internal Audit manager

The occasional shocking example and the few light touches make the messages stick

Operations Supervisor

‘Don’t Feed the Octopus’ is destined to become an anti-bribery catch phrase in our business

Promotional Items

We source locally made lasting reminders of the anti-corruption message. Available in your brand colours.

  • Key rings – made on demand, support the bead workers of Southern Africa.
  • T-shirts & hoodies – in association with TrackBack designs.
  • Tote shoppers.
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