Oil, Gas & Energy

Companies that are involved with the extraction of natural resources such as oil, natural gas, rare earth materials and diamonds are examples of enterprises historically more susceptible to bribery and corruption.

  • The missing piece of country intelligence gathering

    The missing piece of country intelligence gathering

    Compliance risks appear to be receiving much less coverage than they deserve in typical country intelligence offerings.

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  • How to nurture a culture of ethics

    How to nurture a culture of ethics

    Programmes that look good on paper may fall short if not put into action properly. A culture of ethics makes employees feel that acting ethically is the right thing to do.

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  • Database screening for third party compliance

    Database screening for third party compliance

    Companies have a number of choices when deciding how to quantify and deal with the compliance risks related to their partners. For higher-risk partners, active due diligence exercises...

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  • Did the regulation of conflict minerals actually make a difference to the world?

    Did the regulation of conflict minerals actually make a difference to the world?

    Regulation surrounding conflict minerals is indeed helping the world, and we are starting to slowly see a positive impact in conflict areas such as DRC.

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  • The potential impact of the largest IPO in history from a compliance centered perspective

    The potential impact of the largest IPO in history from a compliance centered perspective

    An initial public offering (IPO) of the Saudi Arabian national oil company, Saudi Aramco, would be the largest in history, worth US$100 billion if estimates are correct.

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  • The Asian underworld: How criminals are enabled by legitimate businesses

    The Asian underworld: How criminals are enabled by legitimate businesses

    The infiltration of organised criminal groups into legitimate businesses has moved beyond the traditional underworld sectors into new industries such as renewable energy and pharmaceuticals.

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  • Key Energy FCPA resolution emphasises transaction monitoring

    Key Energy FCPA resolution emphasises transaction monitoring

    The Order stated: “In 2012, Key Energy approved Key Mexico’s contribution of gifts totaling approximately US$118,000 to Pemex’s annual Christmas season celebration with the understanding that the gift

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  • Caviar diplomacy symptomatic of wider Azerbaijani concerns

    Caviar diplomacy symptomatic of wider Azerbaijani concerns

    The Republic of Azerbaijan is situated on the shores of the Caspian Sea and harvests three of the Caspian’s most precious commodities: oil, gas and caviar. The country’s vast oil and gas riches...

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  • Risks and opportunities in Africa’s new largest economy

    Risks and opportunities in Africa’s new largest economy

    Nigeria is the United States’ largest trading partner in sub-Saharan Africa and, as Africa’s biggest crude oil producer, supplies a fifth of the United States’ oil. With approximately 174 million...

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  • How to conduct due diligence to establish if minerals are DRC conflict free

    How to conduct due diligence to establish if minerals are DRC conflict free

    Before you answer the above question, you need to determine whether a preliminary review and, possibly, a more substantial due diligence process are required to be performed in accordance with...

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  • Essential screening for vessels used in your supply or distribution chain

    Essential screening for vessels used in your supply or distribution chain

    Standard due diligence on vessels and their related parties may not reveal ties to governments, entities, and individuals that are under sanctions.Therefore, many companies choose to go a step...

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  • Utilities compliance demands flexible but focused programmes

    Utilities compliance demands flexible but focused programmes

    The utilities or energy sector is one of the most complex landscapes for compliance teams to operate in because of the nature of the products and services offered. These will often have a direct ...

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  • Conflict minerals reporting is improving though some could do better

    Conflict minerals reporting is improving though some could do better

    A new disclosure requirement under United States law, which obligates companies to audit their supply chains in order to determine whether any materials are sourced from conflict mines in the ...

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  • The days of thinking that suppliers who do unethical or illegal things can’t hurt you are over

    The days of thinking that suppliers who do unethical or illegal things can’t hurt you are over

    Companies need to understand and proactively manage their supply chain to avoid reputational damage caused by suppliers who act illegally or unethically.

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  • Assessing country risks for international development

    Assessing country risks for international development

    The worldwide effects of corruption are becoming well documented across the globe. It impacts people, businesses and countries. One of the lesser discussed effects is on national and ...

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  • European conflict-minerals compliance set to be toughest yet

    European conflict-minerals compliance set to be toughest yet

    Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have voted in favour of a draft law that will require European Union (EU) importers of ‘conflict minerals’ to be certified.

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  • Due diligence patience needed in post-war Libya

    Due diligence patience needed in post-war Libya

    Libya is a complex country in which to conduct business due to a lack of stability and a mixture of old and new laws. The National Transitional Council (NTC), which succeeded Gaddafi following...

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  • Brazil - An emerging economic superpower

    Brazil - An emerging economic superpower

    Brazil also presents significant challenges from a business-ethics standpoint, however. The country has a less-than-favourable reputation given its turbulent past of corrupt government officials...

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  • Joint ventures, compliance and the oil and gas industry

    Joint ventures, compliance and the oil and gas industry

    Introduction Joint-venture operations are becoming increasingly prevalent across multiple markets and industries as organisations look to improve their business by leveraging the expertise and...

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  • Risks and opportunities around Mozambique’s vast natural resources

    Risks and opportunities around Mozambique’s vast natural resources

    Mozambique is one of five Portuguese-speaking African countries (collectively referred to as “Lusophone Africa”). Strategically located in the south-eastern part of Africa, bordering countries...

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