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Corner House vs Airbus

Aperçu de la plainte

Date de soumission 1 April 2005
Statut actuel Concluded
Thème British companies and UK export credit program
Résumé de la plainte The Corner House filed a complaint against BAE Systems, Rolls Royce, and Airbus alleging that the companies had breached the Guidelines by refusing to disclose when requested the names of their agents to the UKs export credit agency (ECGD). Agents are a common route through which bribes are channelled.

The complaint noted that in 2004, ECGD introduced new anti-corruption measures that required companies to provide information about the agents they use in ECGD-backed transactions, including how much they are paid in commission.

The complaint alleged that the companies had refused to comply with the ECGDs requirements to supply the names of agents, claiming the information was confidential. Despite assurances that the information would not be publicly disclosed, the companies continued to rebuff ECGD. In the end, the companies were assured by the ECGD that the new policy would not apply to them.
Développements/Résultat The UK NCP accepted the complaint in May 2005, and forwarded it to the companies for comment. The cases were subsequently put on hold pending the outcome of a public consultation initiated by the ECGD on its anti-corruption measures. The complaint against Airbus was referred to the French NCP, but action was suspended in August 2005 because the ECGD had allegedly engaged in consultation about payments through agents.

In September 2009, the UK NCP wrote to the Corner House to explain that the case had apparently been lost by the NCP due to staff changes. The NCP apologized and stated that it had only become aware of the case after reviewing OECD Watch's June 2009 submission to the OECD, which classified the case as "blocked".

The case was reactivated in December 2009 when the complainants confirmed they wished to pursue the case. The NCP offered to mediate a meeting between the parties, but the companies rejected the offer. The NCP therefore moved to determine the validity of the accusations in the complaint and asked the parties to submit written positions.

In November 2010, the NCP closed the case and issued a final statement. The NCP noted that commercial confidentiality cannot be used by corporations as a reason for refusing to supply the names of their agents when requested by competent authorities. According to the NCP, all three companies would therefore have been in breach of the Guidelines if they had refused to disclose the names of their agents when requesting financial support from ECGD. The NCP determined that there is evidence that the companies may have refused to supply the names of their agents to ECGD when making an application for support. However, the NCP could not verify this because ECGD does not keep a record of applications and has destroyed all documents relating to withdrawn applications. The NCP therefore concluded that it was unable to determine whether or not the companies had breached the Guidelines.
Principes directeurs de l'OCDE concernés
Mots-clés concernant les plaintes Procédures judiciaires parallèles, Corruption

Données sur le PCN

Nom du PCN National Contact Point United Kingdom
Coordonnées du PCN 1-19 Victoria Street SW1H 0ET London, United Kingdom
Site web du PCN
Autres PCN impliqués



Données sur l'entreprise

Entreprise responsable Airbus S.A.S.
Coordonnées de l'entreprise Rond Point Maurice Bellonte 1
31707 Blagnac C Toulouse
Site web de l'entreprise
Entreprise en violation Airbus S.A.S.
Pays où se déroulent les opérations Grande-Bretagne
Autre entreprises impliquées

Calendrier des dévelopements

Certains développements ne sont disponibles qu'aux utilisateurs/trices étant inscrit(e)s
Date Acteur Action Description Document
5 November 2010 National Contact Point United Kingdom statement Final statement issued by UK NCP téléchargez le document pdf (619Kb)  
5 January 2006 Airbus S.A.S. letter Airbus response to the stakeholder document. téléchargez le document pdf (81Kb)  
2 May 2005 National Contact Point United Kingdom NCP accepts complaint and forwards to the companies for comment.  
1 April 2005 The Corner House file Coner House complaint to the UK NCP téléchargez le document pdf (43Kb)  

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