Glencore chairman leads investigation in alleged Nigeria bribe
The chairman of Swiss-headquartered mining company Glencore plc and two other directors formed a new committee to respond to the United States Department of Justice, DOJ’s, subpoena related to compliance with the FCPA (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) and money laundering laws, reports FCPA blog.
Non-executive chairman Tony Hayward and independent directors Leonhard Fischer and Patrice Merrin make up the committee, the company said Wednesday.
The DOJ subpoena requested documents related to Glencore’s business “in Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Venezuela from 2007 to present.”
Glencore is being investigated for suspected acts of bribery and corruption in its dealings in Nigeria, Venezuela and Congo DR.
Last week the company confirmed it received a DOJ subpoena targeting FCPA compliance.
In November 2017, Glencore disclosed an investigation by the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) about a subsidiary’s “corporate governance practices,” according to data from FCPA Tracker.
The OSC investigation also covered risk disclosure “in connection with applicable requirements under certain international bribery, government payment and anti-corruption laws,” the 2017 statement said.
Hayward, 61, a UK citizen, became the CEO of BP in 2007. He held the position when the Deepwater Horizon disaster occurred in April 2010. He left BP later that year.
In Wednesday’s statement, Hayward said Glencore “takes ethics and compliance seriously throughout the Group.”
The company will cooperate with the DOJ, Hayward said.
In March of this year Canadian mining company Kinross Gold Corporation settled FCPA charges brought by the SEC and paid a civil penalty of $950,000.