Bribery allegations in India
Lead NCPNorway
Supporting NCP(s)None Selected
DescriptionSpecific instance notified by an individual regarding the activities of a multinational enterprise operating in India.
Theme(s)Combating bribery, bribe solicitation and extortion
Date7 Mar 2013
Host country(ies)India
Industry sectorElectricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply
StatusNot accepted

Read the initial assessment issued by the Norwegian NCP concluding the specific instance - 18 June 2014

In March 2014, the Norwegian NCP received an anonymous complaint about conditions at a subsidiary of a Norwegian company in India. The individual claimed that the local management has been involved in bribery and  that the parent company had not responded to a complaint via the company’s whistleblower channel. The NCP was asked to investigate the matter with a view to punish the local management.

After conducting an initial assessment of the specific instance, the NCP has concluded that it does not merit further consideration. While recognising that there may be legitimate reasons to be anonymous, the NCP is concerned that it would be too difficult to assess whether the person has a legitimate interest in the matter and the suggestion that the individual choose third-party representation was declined. Further, the individual’s desire that the NCP conduct an investigation is beyond the NCP’s authority. The NCP has however provided some recommendations and observations to the company to identity, prevent, mitigate and manage the risks associated with bribery which are available in the initial assessment issued by the NCP.