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CIPCE vs. Skanska

Aperçu de la plainte

Date de soumission 1 September 2007
Statut actuel Concluded
Thème Corruption in Skanska's gas pipeline project, Argentina
Résumé de la plainte Argentine NGO CIPCE filed a complaint against Swedish company Skanska for paying bribes to public servants during the construction of a gas pipeline in Argentina.

When the corruptions allegations were publicised, Skanska stated publicly it had dismissed the directors involved. However, Skanska provided the directors with severance pay before re-employing them as consultants in the companys various projects.

The complaint contends that Skanskas actions reveal the companys unwillingness to prevent and fight corruption. CIPCE argues the correct course of action would have been to dismiss those involved without severance pay. Skanska argues they needed to find a quick solution.
Développements/Résultat After the Argentine NCP accepted the case in November 2007, both parties agreed to negotiate a mutually acceptable solution, focusing in particular on the Guidelines provision that states, “The enterprise should also foster openness and dialogue with the public so as to promote its awareness of and co-operation with the fight against bribery and extortion. (Chapter VI, Paragraph 3).”

CIPCE asked the NCP to request that the OECD Investment Committee (IC) clarify the provision; however, the NCP rejected their request, arguing that the IC does not have the ability to interpret the Guidelines.

In September 2008, Skanska withdrew from the process, and accused CIPCE of acting in bad faith and violating the rules of confidentiality.

In May 2009, CIPCE presented additional information in a second case against Skanska for alleged violations of Chapter VI. CIPCE requested that the NCP draft a final statement and close the case given Skansas refusal to participate in the process.

In November 2009, the NCP issued a final statement, closing both cases without making an evaluation of the validity of the allegations.
Principes directeurs de l'OCDE concernés
Mots-clés concernant les plaintes Fiscalité, Procédures judiciaires parallèles, Corruption

Données sur le PCN

Nom du PCN National Contact Point Argentina
Coordonnées du PCN Esmeralda 1212, 9th floor C1007ABR Buenos Aires, Argentina
Site web du PCN www.cancilleria.gov.ar/pnc
Autres PCN impliqués

Plaignant(e)

ONG

Données sur l'entreprise

Entreprise responsable Skanska
Coordonnées de l'entreprise Skanska AB
Solna
Sweden
Site web de l'entreprise http://www.skanska.com/
Entreprise en violation Skanska
Pays où se déroulent les opérations Argentine
Autre entreprises impliquées

Calendrier des dévelopements

Certains développements ne sont disponibles qu'aux utilisateurs/trices étant inscrit(e)s
Date Acteur Action Description Document
1 November 2009 National Contact Point Argentina statement NCP issues final statement  
23 September 2008 National Contact Point Argentina reject The Argentinean NCP rejected the request for intervention by the Investment Committee, arguing that the committee does not have the ability to interpret the Guidelines. téléchargez le document pdf (211Kb)  
26 November 2007 National Contact Point Argentina accept The NCP accepted the specific instance on November 26, 2007.  
1 September 2007 centro de Investigacion y Prevencion de la Criminalidad Economica file CIPCE has brought a case before the Argentinean NCP regarding bribes paid by former Skanska directors to public servants during the construction of a gas pipeline project both in the northern and southern regions of Argentina. téléchargez le document pdf (208Kb)  

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