The following policies apply to all British Council employees. They also govern any other individuals working on British Council premises, including partners of and suppliers to the British Council. Our Code of Conduct sets the standards for the way we work in all our activities and locations. We have also published a Statement on Slavery and Human Trafficking.

Anti-fraud and corruption

In line with the Fraud Act 2006 and the Bribery Act 2010, the British Council has a ‘zero tolerance’ policy towards fraud, bribery and corruption. Read the policy here.

Child protection

The British Council recognises that we have a fundamental duty of care towards all children we engage with, including a duty to protect them from abuse. Read the policy here.

Counter-terrorism and anti-money laundering

We will assess the risks of becoming involved with terrorism and money laundering. We will put in place proportionate measures to manage those risks. Read the policy here.

Data Protection

We apply the UK Data Protection Act (incorporating the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)) to all of our global operations unless the local equivalent law is stronger.

The UK Data Protection Act (and GDPR) works in two main ways. It gives individuals rights over how their personal information is used and sets out rules for organisations that process personal information.

Read more here.


We recognise and manage the impact of our business operations and activities on the environment. Read the policy here.


We are committed to ensuring that there is no unjustified discrimination in the recruitment, retention, training and development of our staff. Read the policy here.

Fair competition

The British Council must ensure that whenever it engages in trading activities, it does so in a way that reflects its commitment to fair competition. Read the policy here.

Financial management and reporting

All British Council expenditure must meet public scrutiny. Our resources must not be abused, misspent, misappropriated or defrauded, and cannot be used for private interests. Read the policy here.

Freedom of information

We are committed to openness and transparency and we recognise our UK statutory obligations under the Freedom of Information Act and Environmental Information Regulations. Read the policy here.

Health and safety

In all that we do the British Council acknowledges our duty of care to ensure a safe place to work for our staff, customers and visitors. Read the policy here.

Information security and privacy

The British Council collects and uses personal information to offer individuals information, products and services. Read the policy here.

Media and social media

We have rules in place to ensure that we maintain an appropriate and professional media and social media presence. Read the policy here.


Our partnerships should always reflect our values and be in line with our charitable objectives. Read the policy here.

Records management

We are committed to the creation, maintenance and management of records which document our activities to support governance and to facilitate compliance with legal requirements. Read the policy here.

Risk management

In all that we do, the British Council is committed to managing risk and embedding risk management into our work. Read the policy here.


The British Council acknowledges our duty of care to our staff, customers, visitors, consultants, contractors and others with whom we engage in physical or digital environments. Read the policy here.

Speaking up

The Speaking Up Policy aims to protect the British Council by providing a framework that encourages and enables staff to raise concerns about serious malpractice. These concerns may be about financial malpractice, breaches of the law, serious misconduct by another person and breaches in the areas of health and safety, or indeed diversity.  Built into the policy is an assurance that there will be no risk to the person raising such concerns if actions are based on good faith.