5th December 2019, London - Commenting on announcement by the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) that is is it is "investigating suspicions of bribery in the conduct of business by the Glencore group of companies, its officials, employees, agents and associated persons" Peter Jones, Campaign Leader at Global Witness, said:
"Global Witness welcomes today’s news that the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is formally investigating London-listed Glencore for possible bribery. It is encouraging to see the SFO pursuing companies for possible violations of UK anti-corruption laws, and is an important step in ensuring the integrity of UK corporate governance."
"Global Witness has spent almost a decade investigating Glencore’s business deals in Democratic Republic of Congo, exposing suspect transactions involving sanctioned businessman Dan Gertler. We have repeatedly called for the SFO to investigate Glencore’s DRC deals and, if wrongdoing is found, to hold the company and its management to account."
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