As if historically low commodity prices are not enough for energy and natural resource executives to contend with, a recent KPMG International survey found that addressing anti-bribery and corruption remains highly or exceedingly challenging. At the top of the list of challenges for 89 percent of respondents? Employee awareness, training and communications, and varying country regulations.
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Tullow Oil declared force majeure on its offshore exploration block in Guinea following the disclosure that its partner, U.S.-based Hyperdynamics Corporation, is under investigation by the DOJ and SEC for possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
The top 20 oil producing nations have an average rank on the corruption perceptions index of 90 -- just into the bottom half.