SNC-Lavalin makes corruption settlement

By Chris Sleight02 October 2015

SNC-Lavalin president & CEO, Robert (Bob) Card.

SNC-Lavalin president & CEO, Robert (Bob) Card.

SNC-Lavalin has reached a settlement with the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) regarding allegations of sanctionable practices on AfDB-funded contracts in Mozambique and Uganda. The company said the case relates to the actions of a former employee on contracts awarded in 2008 and 2010.

SNC-Lavalin International Inc., the subsidiary involved in the allegations will not be debarred from AfDB-funded work. No other subsidiary of SNC-Lavalin will be sanctioned pursuant to the agreement. However, one of the conditions is that the company pays CA$ 1.5 million (US$ 1.1 million) to support of anti-corruption initiatives in Africa.

Robert G. Card, president and CEO of, SNC-Lavalin Group said, “This settlement agreement demonstrates SNC-Lavalin’s commitment to the highest standards of business ethics and is proof that companies can engage in a constructive dialogue and find effective means to reward remediation while allowing companies to move forward. Our cooperation with the AfDB clearly shows our efforts to become a global benchmark in ethics and compliance in our industry with a system designed to promote integrity through prevention, detection and remediation.”

Among the initiatives SNC-Lavalin has undertaken to improve its ethical performance the creation of the post of chief compliance officer, who reports to the Board. It has also creating a dedicated ethics and compliance team, produced a dedicated anti-corruption manual and opened a compliance hotline for reporting any breaches of policy. Annual compliance training is offered to all employees, with a special focus on those working in strategic roles.

Latest News
The Utility Expo hits record visitors
More than 21,000 attendees at Louisville show
United Rentals makes show of strength at Utility Expo
Rental company takes biggest stand ever at Lousiville show