SNC Lavalin chief executive Neil Bruce is to co-chair an anti-corruption body made up of senior business leaders.
Ninety firms have signed up to the the Partnering Against Corruption Initiative’s (PACI) principles.
“As the leading private sector-driven anti-corruption community, PACI is ideally positioned to provide a platform for rebuilding trust between public and private stakeholders,” said Bruce, who joined the firm in 2015. “I am honoured to have been chosen as co-chair to drive this project, which is currently looking at identifying and designing practical solutions to promote trust and integrity.”
Meahwile, SNC Lavalin, which bought Atkins last year, has recently closed the door on historic allegations of involvement in corruption in Canada, which stem from before Bruce’s involvement in the firm.
In November 2015, the Québec government brought into force the Voluntary Reimbursement Program (VRP) to recover money improperly paid in the last 20 years as a result of fraud or fraudulent tactics in connection with public contracts.
In December 2017, SNC Lavalin announced that it had reached an agreement with all of Quebec’s public bodies that had received its offer under the VRP.
“We are very pleased to have reached a settlement under the VRP,” said Bruce in December. “For the last few years now, SNC Lavalin has publicly said on numerous occasions that it is willing to work to reach an agreement, and we are proud to have achieved this important step.”