Case story

  • United Kingdom

OECD NCP UK - Corner House vs. BAE Systems

UK 2005

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Case Status

Complaint accepted for further consideration in May 2005; Final Statement concluded on 5 November 2010.

The results of the examination and the process followed by the UK NCP are published here: http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/biscore/business-sectors/docs/f/10-1265-final-statement-ncp-corner-house-bae-systems.pdf

Story

The Corner House’s complaint alleged that the companies had violated the Guidelines’ bribery provision, because they refused to provide details of their agents and their commissions to the UK Government’s Export Credit Guarantee Department.

Outcome

In May 2005, the UK NCP accepted the complaint and forwarded it to the companies for comment. Airbus was referred to the French NCP but other action was suspended, reportedly because the Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD) engaged in consultation about payments through agents.

References

OECD Watch case story page: http://oecdwatch.org/cases/Case_75

Contributor(s): This article was modified by Kyle (7), Nicolaclayre (3), and Ejfturnbull (2).