The Coca-Cola Company, incorporated in 1892, is one of the world’s oldest, most well-known, and widely consumed brands. How does it’s anti-bribery policy compare?… Continue Reading
In June 2019, Walmart paid the DOJ and SEC $282 million to settle allegations that it violated the FCPA by paying an intermediary in Brazil for help obtaining construction permits and having weak anti-corruption internal controls in Brazil, China, India, and Mexico.… Continue Reading
In January 2020, Airbus SE paid $4 billion to settle global bribery and trade charges with French, UK, and U.S. authorities after an eight-year investigation. How does its anti-corruption policy compare?… Continue Reading
Volkswagen left its mark on the history of the world with the love it or hate it Beetle. Is it a similar story with its (incredibly) thorough anti-corruption policy? Let’s dive into the Antikorruptionsrichtlinie (my word).… Continue Reading
For at least ten years, Germany’s financial regulator heard detailed complaints from reliable sources about a $2 billion accounting fraud at Wirecard AG but failed to act.… Continue Reading
In Wolfburg, Germany, at the global headquarters of the world’s largest automaker, there was little concern among VW’s engineers that they were doing anything unethical or illegal when they created “cheating” software for emissions tests.… Continue Reading
During most interviews, I’m asked this question or something like it: More companies than ever have compliance programs. Yet huge scandals keep making headlines. What gives?
To be fair, there’s plenty of evidence that compliance has failed: Volkswagen cheated on diesel emissions tests.… Continue Reading
One of the most common discussions in the ethics and compliance community today revolves around the idea of using corporate values to foster ethics in organizations. Though this conversation has helped practitioners move away from a check-the-box compliance approach, practices based on corporate values have unwittingly created a check-the-box approach to ethics, obscuring the disconnect between external values and what the organization actually values.… Continue Reading
According to the Edelman Trust Barometer, the United States suffered a “Trust Crash” in the past year, reflecting a 37 point loss of trust in four institutions (government, business, media, and NGOs), more than any of the other countries surveyed.… Continue Reading
The DOJ unsealed an indictment Thursday charging the former head of Germany’s biggest company with helping hide emissions cheating software used to deceive U.S. regulators and car buyers.
Martin Winterkorn, 70, Volkswagen’s former chief executive, was charged in a sixteen-count indictment with conspiracy and wire fraud.… Continue Reading
Earlier this month, Oliver Schmidt, 48, a German citizen and the former general manager of Volkswagen AG’s U.S. Environment and Engineering Office, was sentenced to 84 months in prison for helping VW cheat on diesel emissions tests and covering up the scheme.… Continue Reading