We see it every year: A new edition of a corruption ranking is released, and the first thing people ask is which countries have moved up or down in ranking. It is common knowledge among compliance officers that a country’s position on such an index is just a starting point for a thorough corruption risk assessment, but there is still a danger that nuances will get lost in the high-level presentation of the data.… Continue Reading
Transparency International’s CPI may not be perfect, but the perception of corruption in a country matters. As one study found, if you go to a country where you expect corruption, and someone solicits a bribe from you, you are more likely to give the bribe.… Continue Reading
In December 2012, a payment processing company based in Johannesburg called Net 1 UEPS Technologies, Inc. disclosed some bad news. The DOJ and SEC had launched FCPA investigations.
The feds wanted to know if Net1 paid bribes to win a contract from the South Africa Social Security Agency (SASSA).… Continue Reading
It’s typical for issuers to warn about corruption risks in Russia and China, and parts of Africa. But Hong Kong?
So, does Legacy Education Alliance Inc. know something the rest of us don’t?… Continue Reading
I and my fellow Canadians can quite rightly be proud of our standing on the global stage. Canada is seen by most as a country with integrity, whose people are viewed as fair-minded and different in persona to some of their noisy neighbors south of the border.… Continue Reading
What is the cost of a corruption scandal? It has been known for some time that such costs could include investigative and remediation costs, any fine or penalty and post-resolution costs such as those to deal with a monitorship or ongoing remediation.… Continue Reading
The UK Serious Fraud Office may review whether HSBC and Standard Chartered helped launder money linked to a South Africa corruption scandal, the BBC reported Thursday.… Continue Reading
Net 1 UEPS Technologies said in a securities filing Thursday that the DOJ has closed its investigation of possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
A former manager of a polymer banknote manufacturer was convicted Wednesday in London of four counts of making corrupt payments to a foreign official.
Peter Chapman, 54, used to work for Innovia Securency PTY Ltd.… Continue Reading
Four years after renovations to his Nkandla homestead were completed, South Africa President Jacob Zuma has finally agreed to pick up the tab — or some of it at least.
The change in his position follows the publication in March 2014 of a 443-page report by the Public Protector.… Continue Reading