The Corruption Files - Episode 09: Odebrecht/Braskem with Tom Fox and Michael DeBernardis

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Brazilian petroleum company Petrobras caught itself in an intricate bribery scheme involving top construction corporations like Odebrecht and Braskem and political parties. Tom Fox and Michael DeBernardis lay out the facts and share their insights on what lessons other companies can learn and practice to avoid similar compliance troubles.

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Brazilian petroleum company Petrobras caught itself in an intricate bribery scheme involving top construction corporations like Odebrecht and Braskem and political parties. Tom Fox and Michael DeBernardis lay out the facts and share their insights on what lessons other companies can learn and practice to avoid similar compliance troubles.

Odebrecht/Braskem with Tom Fox and Michael DeBernardis

Key points discussed in the episode:

1. Tom Fox gives a brief background on the Petrobras-Odebrecht-Braskem case.

2. Michael DeBernardis clarifies more facts on the case, such as the bribery feedback loop and the increasing spending on litigation. Tom Fox adds that even if you “create bad law, it’s still a law.” It has also brought attention to compliance authorities and politicians in Brazil. More companies in other countries were also involved in the scheme.

3. The bribery scheme was intricately designed to avoid compliance detection. Michael DeBernardis recommends ensuring maximum procurement controls. Petrobras employees benefited mostly in this case. This case has emphasized the importance of visibility in supply chains.

4. Michael DeBernardis emphasizes the importance of having appropriate controls to mitigate supply chain risk despite being lower than other aspects of the business. It also exposed the massive scale of corruption.

5. Michael DeBernardis and Tom Fox hit home their suggestions to companies: Do a deep risk analysis, get to know your joint venture partners, and any form of defense is helpful. Although the danger is not easy to detect up front, it can help lessen the risk. Also, you should not close the doors to working with businesses with a little bit of controversy. See less -

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