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Entries in India (233)


The perils of measuring compliance program ‘effectiveness’

A new report recently published by The Ethics and Compliance Initiative (ECI), the 2019 Global Business Ethics Survey, addresses the state of E&C programs across ten countries -- USA, Brazil, UK, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Russia, India, and China. Findings from the report are intriguing. They tell us something about the state of E&C practices in key countries, but they also show how difficult it is to measure program effectiveness.

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Walmart pays $282 million for FCPA resolution

Walmart Inc. agreed Thursday to pay the DOJ and SEC $282 million to settle allegations that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices by paying an intermediary in Brazil for help obtaining construction permits and having weak anti-corruption internal controls in Brazil, China, India, and Mexico.


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Uber discloses FCPA investigation 

Uber Technologies, Inc. said Thursday the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating possible FCPA violations related to its activity in Asia. 

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How are India’s anti-corruption efforts really measuring up?

With the recent release of Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index for 2018, this is a good time to assess India’s anti-corruption performance in recent years.

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Cognizant pays $25 million to resolve FCPA charges, two former execs indicted

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation agreed to pay $25 million to settle FCPA charges with the SEC, and two of the company’s former executives were charged Friday by the DOJ for paying bribes to an Indian government official.

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Amid investigation firestorm, what can compliance officers do?

The media has been busy reporting on investigation and enforcement news surrounding the elections across several states in India. These reports have a clear impact on actions compliance officers can and should take.

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After Strkyer II, are per diems atop expenses always improper?

A little-noticed nugget in the recent Stryker SEC Order (Stryker II) -- in addition to overbilling, kickbacks, and using unvetted intermediaries in India and China -- was the allegation that Stryker’s “Kuwait Distributor made over $32,000 in improper ‘per diem’ payments to Kuwaiti [healthcare providers] to attend Stryker events, when Stryker had directly paid the costs for lodging, meals, and local transportation for these individuals.”  

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Stryker hit with second FCPA enforcement action

Medical device maker Stryker Corp. agreed Friday to pay the SEC a $7.8 million penalty to resolve FCPA books and records and internal accounting controls offenses in India, China, and Kuwait.

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Kunal Gupta: India criminalizes corporate bribery, but creates defenses

India’s anti-bribery and anti-corruption regime recently went through a massive change with the enactment of the 2018 Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Act, 2018. What is the impact of the so-called Amendment Act and what measures should companies put in place to ensure compliance?

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India construction company faked experience in World Bank bid

The World Bank debarred an Indian construction services company Wednesday for faking past experience in the bidding process for a road project in India.  

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Sundar Narayanan: A breakthrough anti-corruption law for India

Both houses of India's parliament adopted amendments to the country's main anti-corruption legislation that expand the definition of bribery and who's subject to the law.

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Shruti Shah: A 2018 voter’s guide to ethics and integrity

In November 2018, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, 34 Senate seats, and 36 governorships are up for grabs. We must challenge our candidates to compete on the basis of their commitment to integrity.

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