The Bribery Scandal at Siemens AG

            
 
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Case Code : BECG106
Case Length : 18 Pages
Period : 2006-2009
Pub Date : 2010
Teaching Note : Available
Organization : Siemens AG
Industry : Diversified
Countries : Germany

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Background Note

Siemens was initially started as Telegraphen-Bauanstalt von Siemens & Halske (Siemens & Halske) in 1847 by Werner von Siemens (Werner) and a mechanical engineer, Johann Georg Halske (Halske)...

A Series of Scandals Rocks Siemens

Slush funds to win contracts abroad
On November 15, 2006, around 30 offices and private homes related to Siemens and its employees were raided by some 200 police officers, tax inspectors and prosecutors in Munich, and other cities of Germany, to probe suspicions of bribery, embezzlement of company funds and tax evasion...

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Repercussions of the Scandals

The series of bribery allegations came in the aftermath of Siemens' sale of its loss-making mobile handset unit in 2005, to a Taiwanese company, BenQ. Here too, Siemens did not cover itself in glory as it was seen as having got rid of the unit because it could not easily lay off its employees...

Initiatives at Siemens

After the bribery scandals were unearthed at Siemens, the company started many initiatives to strengthen its corporate governance and compliance controls. A law firm Debevoise & Plimpton LLP (Debevoise & Plimpton) was appointed to conduct an independent and comprehensive investigation into the company's compliance and control system with the help of the independent auditor for Siemens, KPMG...

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