An internal investigation has cleared Royal Philips Electronics NV’s headquarters in the Netherlands of involvement in an alleged bribery scheme in Poland, it has been reported. The company’s chief executive, Frans van Houten disputed claims of the Dutch management bribing hospital directors in Poland (as reported in the May 2011 edition of the Corruption Digest), stating that the internal review has “not found any evidence” that employees in the Netherlands were involved.
The company has been conducting the probe in connection with the 2009 indictment in Poland against three former employees of its subsidiary, Philips Polska sp. z.o.o., who were involved with the sale of medical equipment to Polish hospitals.
Polish prosecutors allege that 16 hospital directors took bribes totalling around 3 million zlotys ($1.04 million) from people who represented Philips.
A trial in Poland is listed for October 2011.