Tuesday 1 November 2016

Rolls-Royce middlemen may have used bribes to win major contracts


Rolls-Royce plc, Britain’s leading manufacturing multinational, hired a network of agents to help it land lucrative contracts in at least 12 different countries around the world, sometimes allegedly using bribes.

An investigation by the Guardian and the BBC has uncovered leaked documents and testimony from insiders that suggest that Rolls-Royce may have benefited from the use of illicit payments to boost profits for years.

The network of agents is now the focus of large-scale investigations by anti-corruption agencies in the UK and the US.

Rolls-Royce, which sells turbines and engines for passenger jets and military aircraft and is worth an estimated £13bn, declined to answer detailed questions.



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