Both Bilfinger and Skanska have become embroiled in corruption incidents in the Brazilian construction sector.

Skanska do Brazil is being investigated by the Comptroller General (CGU) and Administrative Council of Economic Defence (CADE) in relation to the Petrobras scandal. Meanwhile, Bilfinger has launched an internal investigation into alleged bribes paid by a company employee to a public official.

Petrobras is the state-owned Brazilian oil company. Last year allegations emerged that senior executives at the company had demanded bribes and kickbacks from construction companies in return for contracts. The following investigation – ‘Operation Car Wash’ has seen some 35 Petrobras managers and Brazilian construction company executives arrested on criminal charges.

The revelations at Petrobras have also sparked further investigations into corruption in the construction industry. The hydroelectric power sector has come under particular scrutiny.

Commenting on the investigation, Skanska said, “Skanska has a zero tolerance against corruption and takes the situation seriously.”

Bilfinger meanwhile said that its investigation centred on a € 6 million (US$ 6.5 million) contract for security monitors in several Brazilian municipalities. Bilfinger said that if the allegations of corruption were confirmed it would, “Take action with regard to personnel and will initiate legal steps.”

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