KPO pays special attention to the issue of anti-corruption. The KPO Anti-Bribery and Corruption and Anti-Money Laundering Manual (hereinafter referred to as the Manual) is based on the Code of Conduct and Business Principles and define KPO requirements for compliance with national and international laws prohibiting bribery and corruption. The manual is mandatory for all KPO Staff, including seconded employees of Parent Companies, full-time employees and employees of sending parties (recruitment agencies). Management defines work processes related to gifts and hospitality and helps staff assess potential corruption risks. Particular attention is paid to:

  • Contracting,
  • Gifts and hospitality,
  • Funding social investment,
  • Interaction with government agencies, DFF,
  • Conflict of interest.

The KPO General Director, directors or managers identify key legal and ethical compliance risks in the relevant directorates/departments, as well as assess and monitor risks.

The Risk Assessment “Exposure to major breach of the Code of Conduct and of the Ethics and Compliance policies and procedures” includes an assessment of all KPO activities for risks related to corruption

To mitigate the corruption risks, the following rules and processes have been established:

  • Due Diligence is applied before entering into a contract or any binding agreement with a counterparty. (Please, read more in Suppliers’ ethical due-diligence).
  • Bribery and any facilitation payments (including accepting a bribe, giving a bribe, commercial bribery, mediation in bribery and commercial bribery) are prohibited.
  • Strict rules and restrictions have been established for such business processes as charity and sponsorship, with mandatory recording of expenses and preliminary review of all participants in the process.
  • Any payments (direct or indirect) at the expense of the company’s funds to political parties, political organisations or their representatives are prohibited. 
  • The basic principles for giving and receiving gifts and hospitality, thresholds, levels of agreement and approval have been established, and an appropriate register is maintained.
  • Principles and rules have been established for reporting a conflict of interest (actual, potential and perceived). All cases of a conflict of interest are recorded in the respective register, and measures are taken to resolve it by the responsible business unit. (Please, read more in Conflict of Interest).
  • Trainings are held on a regular basis and employees’ awareness of anti-corruption and other ethical requirements are checked. (Please, read more in Compliance awareness training).
  • Processes for reporting violations of the Company’s internal documents and applicable laws have been regulated, procedures have been established for investigating and liability for violations of the Company’s internal rules.

Compliance awareness training

All KPO employees receive regular trainings on various compliance topics. As per 2022 year-end results, the annual online training courses were completed by 98 % of the KPO staff (3,496 – completed training, 119 – failed to complete; statistics include all categories of employees), including seconded employees of Parent Companies, full-time employees and employees of sending parties:

  • Anti-Corruption,
  • Code of Conduct,
  • Combating Unwelcome Conduct, Pressure and Harassment,
  • Confidentiality.

Besides, each KPO employee is required to certify on an annual basis that he or she has read and understood the Business Principles, the Code of Conduct, the Anti-Bribery and Corruption and Anti-Money Laundering Manual and sign the Annual Ethics and Compliance Declaration.

99 % of employees, including seconded employees of Parent Companies, full-time employees and employees of sending parties, signed the Annual Ethics and Compliance Declaration as per 2022 year-end results.

All compliance policies and procedures are available to each employee on the KPO Intranet. The KPO Business Principles and the Code of Conduct are available to all stakeholders on the KPO intranet.

In 2022, KPO Legal Compliance Department held an additional Compliance Seminar for Well Operations Department personnel and their contractors.

Conflict of interest

Conflicts of Interest in KPO are regulated by the Code of Conduct, the Anti-Bribery and Corruption and Anti-Money Laundering Manual. The latter Manual is designed to provide guidance to KPO’s various hiring managers and the Legal Directorate to assist them in managing apparent, potential or actual conflicts of interest. The Committee of Operators oversees the management of conflicts of interest by conducting compliance audits. Conflicts of interest may arise if KPO employees have Immediate Family Members who are KPO employees, government officials, contractors, suppliers, competitors and KPO business partners. Such cases are handled and managed within the Company.

All eligible candidates shall sign Conflict of Interest Declaration prior to employment. In addition, Legal Compliance Department informs employees of the need to declare a conflict of interest on a monthly basis.

General Director and Legal Compliance Department ensure across-the-board awareness on significance of conflicts of interest by sending out regular informational e-mails about the need to comply with all compliance standards and requirements via corporate mail.

Suppliers’ ethical due-diligence

KPO is committed to achieving and maintaining the highest standards of corporate governance, particularly in respect of compliance with ethical and legal requirements. KPO’s success is based on all its business partners, who play an important and valued role in our continuing business success, sharing that commitment.

KPO conducts an Ethical Due Diligence assessment of business partners to determine the risks associated with each potential business partner and to identify appropriate mitigation measures for those aspects that may pose a risk.

Еach potential business partner receives a questionnaire asking information about its ownership, management and conduct of business including its ethical business practices. As part of its due diligence, KPO also uses open-source information to corroborate information received from partners and to verify feedback on business practices and reputation in the marketplace. KPO uses an international Refinitiv World-Check One compliance database and open national databases, including tax and court databases, as well as independent international experts. Then, a risk assessment is performed to determine the acceptability of the business partner and, if relevant, mitigation measures to be applied to any residual risks.

Moreover, KPO requires its business partners to comply with applicable Qazaq and international laws combatting corruption and bribery through obligations incorporated in KPO’s standard contracts.

All business partners are required to complete an Annual Compliance Certificate certifying their compliance during the preceding calendar year with the representations, warranties and commitments set forth in each KPO contract in Article 25, Ethics and Business Practices.

KPO is confident that the above activities have alerted its business partners to KPO’s high standards of ethical business. KPO cooperates with its business partners and along with business partners are obliged to comply with all applicable laws to prevent corruption and bribery.

Hotline and other compliance measures

The Hotline is an important tool for KPO’s employees, contractors and stakeholders to promote a fair and safe working environment. Hotline provides an avenue for employees and third parties (contractors, suppliers and any other interested parties) to report possible illegal, unethical, or improper conduct such as discrimination, sexual harassment, conflicts of interest, improper financial practices or bribery. The caller can report on the alleged misconduct either by telephone or by completing an online report form. Incoming reports are handled by an independent, third-party provider, which guarantees their confidentiality and anonymity. Further, reports are forwarded to certain KPO responsible persons, who ensure that they are handled professionally and confidentially. KPO employees can also report concerns directly to the Legal Compliance Department, HR or their respective line managers.

In 2022, Legal Compliance Department received 106 new reports. All of the reports were duly considered and the appropriate actions taken. Most of the complaints were related to the workplace relationship matters and conflicts of interests, whereby 124 complaints, of which 80 were received in 2022 and 44 in the prior year, were addressed and closed in accordance with the KPO’s Compliance Investigation Procedure and/or Discipline Handling Procedure, depending on the nature of report.

The compliance investigation team duly investigates the received reports and, in case the allegations are substantiated, consequence management actions are identified and carried out. In 2021, KPO adopted a new investigation procedure to enhance its internal investigation capability and consistent application of the consequence management actions throughout the organization. The quality of investigations is ensured by the continuous maintenance and updating of the “Logbook of Complaints”, which helps to measure the performance of investigations and conduct trend and root cause analysis in case of unsatisfactory performance.

An Ethics Advisory Board has been established to monitor and decide on the most significant investigations and consequence management processes.

All consequence management activities are monitored and controlled in accordance with applicable KPO policies. Once discussed, agreed upon and approved by the Ethics Advisory Board, consequence management activities become mandatory in the respective Directorates/departments. All these activities are recorded, tracked and monitored using a dedicated logbook (“Register of Activities”).


Antitrust laws protect free enterprise and fair competition. Supporting these principles is important to us, not just because it is the law, but because it is what we believe in.

The KPO Code of Conduct regulates the rules for all employees to combat illegal practices, including price fixing, market sharing, output limitation or bid-rigging, as well as anticompetitive or monopoly practices. KPO employees are prohibited from discussing with competitors, even in private, issues that may be perceived as a violation of antitrust laws, and even more so from entering into agreements with them on such issues.

During the reporting period, KPO has no pending or completed legal actions related to unfair competitive behaviour and violation of antitrust laws.

Compliance with laws and regulations

KPO complies with all applicable laws and regulations of the countries in which it operates.

All members of the KPO Board of Directors and the Legal Directorate ensure that all compliance matters are resolved in accordance with the FPSA and the Joint Operating Agreement, all applicable RoQ / international laws governing oil and gas companies, and KPO policies and procedures governing compliance processes.

In 2022, KPO paid administrative fines in administrative offence cases for a total amount of 7,504,350 tenge. A total of seven cases of administrative offences were pending, of which three cases for State Institution “Department of Industrial Safety Committee”, two cases for “Burlinskiy District Emergency Situations Department” and two cases for RSI “Burlinskiy District Sanitary and Epidemiological Control Department”.

In 2022, there were no instances of non-monetary sanctions.