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The federal prosecutor has cancelled a lecture on “corporate ethics and compliance” by Siemens president Paulo Stark, scheduled for September 6 at the headquarters of the Attorney General in Brasília.
The retreat follows in the way of a succession of negative reactions by prosecutors, who protested the invitation because of the role Siemens played in the scandal of the subway and commuter rail cartel — six of its former executives and Siemens itself have entered into a plea agreement in exchange for revealing fraud in auctions in the sector.
The invitation to Stark was extended by assistant attorney-general Antônio Fonseca, coordinator of the Third Chamber of Coordination and Revision of the federal prosecutor, a unit dedicated to the consumer and to the economic order. The auction was to be held behind closed doors. Press and the public were to be excluded. As the German daily Deutsche Welle (DW) reported, the invitation gave rise to discontent and qualms among the prosecutors.
Yesterday, Fonseca issued a “note of clarification” on the PGR Web site, assuming responsibility for the invitation. News of the “postponement” of Stark’s speech was limited to an internal audience, however. “The invitation was for Stark to speak on private incentives to whistleblowing, known as “ethics and compliance,” adopted by Siemens in 2007 … Thanks to this policy, it was possible to report the process against the so-called subway cartel in São Paulo.
Fonseca — who will now deliver the lecture instead of Stark — has a suggestion to “save Brazil” from misdeeds. “Committed to the promotion of best practices, the coordinator of the Third Chamber is convinced that in order to resolve the problems of bribery and corruption, we need 100 major corporations to denounce the afflictions of the Brazilian economy. In this sense, Siemens can be considered an example to be followed. Denouncing wrongdoing does not make the whistleblower a saint, but it will save Brazil,” the note said.
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