Compass, the FTSE100 caterer, has been drawn further into US investigations
into alleged bribery at the United Nations.
The investigations involve Compass subsidiary Eurest Support Services, a
company that supplied UN peacekeepers and allegedly used leaked details of UN
tenders to win contracts.
The House of Representatives’ international relations committee has now
released a report providing further evidence on ESS. According to The Daily
Telegraph the report alleges that ESS worked on more than one contract with
IHC services, a firm that allegedly leaked UN tender details to other companies.
The committee report suggests that the scope of its investigation into the
matter has extended beyond a contract that ESS secured in Liberia and has called
for further investigation into Compass, ESS and IHC.
Since 2000 ESS has won over $240m (£137.1m) of UN contracts, but was
suspended as a registered UN vendor in October 2005.
Compass called in Ernst & Young and law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus
Deringer to investigate the allegations earlier this year.
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