Canada amps up fight against bribery

Changes could affect staffing, policy, culture
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/26/2013

In January, Griffiths Energy International in Calgary pleaded guilty to bribery in admitting it had paid millions of dollars in cash and shares to a public official and his spouse in the African nation of Chad, in exchange for exclusive access to resources in two regions, according to media reports.

Under Canada’s Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA), Griffiths will pay a penalty of $10.35 million. And while the CFPOA has had few convictions thus far, that could change as Canada looks to beef up its anti-corruption legislation, with proposed amendments that bring it closer in line to acts in the United Kingdom and United States.

“Our government... expects Canadian business to play by the rules. Canadian companies can compete with the best and win fairly,” said Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird on Feb. 5. “To signal our commitment and our expectation that other countries do the same... our government is redoubling our fight against bribery and corruption.”