Philips Healthcare failed to tackle corruption

5th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

The European Philips Healthcare head office in the Netherlands failed to take action against corrupt employees in Poland in spite of clear signals of bribery according to the Dutch newspaper . The Polish Public Prosecution Office suspects the electronics company of systematically bribing the management of almost 20 hospitals. Documents in the possession of FD show that hospital managers compiled the technical requirements using information from the Philips employees so that other tenders did not stand a chance.

The paper quotes a Polish account manager who wrote that there was a large chance that Philips would be allocated a project. "We have spent the whole year fixing the tender specifications."

Meanwhile back in the Netherlands rather than tackling corruption, the company is more concerned that the hospitals wanted the equipment supplied so quickly that the orders had to be booked before the tender was officially opened.

The trial in Poland against the three former Philips employees began at the end of last month. The company itself is not on trial, but it does risk a fine from US stock exchange watchdog Securities and Exchange Commission SEC.

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