Crackdown on kick-backs in interior design sector

9 December 2019 | By Neil Gerrard

The British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) has launched a new anti-bribery campaign aimed at stamping out kick-backs in the sector, to co-incide with Anti-Corruption Day (9 December).

The BIID said it was aware of some interior designers asking for or being offered payments from suppliers that were not being disclosed to clients. It warned that when suppliers made secret payments that encouraged improper performance of the designer’s responsibilities to their client, then both could be committing an offence under the 2010 Bribery Act.

As part of a new campaign called ‘Kick Out the Kick-Backs’, the BIID is recommending that all interior design practices, whatever business model they use, review their own internal processes to ensure that they have relevant checks in place to avoid bribery and corruption. It recommended asking questions including:

BIID president Harriet Ford said: “The purpose of the Kick Out The Kick-Backs campaign is to stamp out illegal business practices that damage the entire profession in order to foster a more honest and ethical design industry.

“The BIID is not aiming to impose a one-size-fits-all business model on the UK interior design profession and we recognise that different clients, regions and sectors may have different fee structures. However, we believe that greater transparency between designers and clients will lead to better working relationships that benefit designers, suppliers and clients alike.”

Kick Out The Kick-Backs is being supported by several national organisations including:

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