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US DoJ orders Albemarle to pay over $218M to resolve Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation

Between 2009 and 2017, Albemarle, through its third-party sales agents and subsidiary employees, conspired to pay bribes to government officials to obtain and retain chemical catalyst business with state-owned oil refineries in Vietnam, Indonesia, and India. Albemarle obtained profits of approximately $98.5 million as a result of the scheme.

SEC charges Clear Channel Outdoor with FCPA violations relating to China Subsidiary

The order finds that, from at least 2012 through 2017, Clear Media bribed Chinese government officials to obtain contracts required to sell advertising services to public and private sector clients for display on public bus shelters and other outdoor displays.

SEC charges Exelon, its subsidiary Commonwealth Edison, and subsidiary’s Former CEO Anne Pramaggiore with fraud in connection with political corruption scheme

Exelon to pay $46 million penalty to settle; SEC files suit against former CEO in District Court

Global Witness and COP28: People not Polluters

Advocates dismantling the fossil fuel economy, properly governing the extraction of “transition minerals,” and preventing money flowing to businesses carrying out deforestation and other biodiversity-wrecking business activities.

US Department of State releases an implementation plan for the U.S. Strategy on Countering Corruption

This plan communicates Department activities currently underway or expected to implement the Strategy from 2023-2025. The department requests that any feedback on the implementation plan be sent to AC_Coordination@state.gov

 

 

EU Commission launches consultation on ESG regulation

The EC has paved the way for a potential overhaul of its sustainable financial disclosure regulation in an effort to make the rules a more effective tool to combat greenwashing. The SFDR requires financial market participants and advisers to tell investors…

NBER Working Paper Series: Researchers formulate approach for measuring corruption in China

Paper is titled: “Secrets in asset purchases: estimating the unofficial incomes of officials”

GRECO publishes Fifth Evaluation Report on Cyprus

Calls on Cyprus to pursue its efforts to prevent corruption in respect of persons with top executive functions and as regards the personnel of the Cyprus Police.

GI-TOC issues Research Report on: ‘The Evolution of targeted sanctions usage against organised crime’

The rising prevalence and profitability of organized crime have had a substantial impact in many of the states in which networks operate. In part, this is through the corruption and/or coercion of state officials to allow criminal activity or purchasing impunity…

Civil Society Organisations warn more than 200 investors about the risk to the climate, people, and investors associated with world’s largest meat company, JBS S.A.

JBS S.A. has announced a plan to restart its decade-long attempt to list shares on the New York Stock Exchange via a dual listing under a new Dutch parent company “JBS N.V.”. This movewould give the company access to more money to expand while handing over almost complete control to the notoriously corrupt Batista family.

Mexico’s oil firm resumes trading with vitol after 2020 bribery scandal

Mexico’s state-held oil giant Pemex has resumed trade with Vitol Group three years after the world’s largest oil trading firm admitted to bribing officials and two years after Mexico banned the trader from business dealings with Pemex, anonymous sources familiar…

Global Witness releases report on environmental defenders

Reports that at least 177 environmental defenders lost their lives during 2022, bringing the total number of killings to 1,910 since 2012. Latin America is identified as a region of particular concern.