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Is it impossible to operate cleanly in some countries?

Neil Hodge | September 6, 2017

At the beginning of August, U.K. tobacco firm British American Tobacco (BAT) announced that it is under official investigation by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) over allegations that it paid bribes in East Africa. The payments were allegedly aimed at influencing laws surrounding the use of tobacco in the region.

BAT says that it is cooperating with the SFO’s investigation, and is conducting its own investigation using external counsel.

For many, the SFO investigation into BAT wasn’t news: The allegations were first made in a BBC Panorama programme back in 2015. Paul Hopkins, who worked for BAT in Kenya for 13 years, told the news programme that he had begun paying bribes after being told it was the cost of doing business in Africa.

Whether the SFO decides to prosecute or not, BAT is not the only... To get the full story, subscribe now.