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Plan International has a zero tolerance policy on all fraud, bribery and corruption. Our Counter Fraud Unit is dedicated to preventing, detecting and investigating cases of fraud. Read about some recently resolved cases below and download full reports.

We thoroughly investigate each case of fraud, recover costs wherever possible and analyse how each instance can be avoided in the future.

EXTORTION IN EAST/SOUTHERN AFRICA – SEPTEMBER 2017

An allegation was received accusing Plan International staff members of extortion by pressuring colleagues into taking out personal loans. The investigation confirmed the allegation and 2 staff members were dismissed.

INFLATED PAYMENTS MADE IN THE AMERICAS – OCTOBER 2017

A Plan International staff member was suspected of making inflated payments. An investigation revealed negligence rather than fraud. The staff member was issued a warning and given a suspension.

ALLEGED RECRUITMENT FRAUD IN WEST AFRICA – JANUARY 2018

An unsuccessful candidate for a job at Plan International alleged fraud in the recruitment process. Details of the allegation were too unspecific to conduct an investigation.

DIVERTED FOOD AID IN EAST/SOUTHERN AFRICA – MAY 2018

Plan International staff members allegedly diverted food aid for sale to market traders. An investigation was conducted and the allegation was substantiated. Two staff members were dismissed and convicted of theft.

FRAUDULENT MEDICAL CLAIM SUBMITTED IN ASIA – JUNE 2018

A Plan International staff member was suspected of submitting a fraudulent medical claim. As all necessary facts showed the allegation to be correct, no further investigation was required. The lost funds (€53) were recovered from the staff member prior to their dismissal.