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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.

Underpaid volunteers in West/Central Africa – January 2020

Plan International staff members were underpaying community volunteers and retaining the funds. One staff member was dismissed, and 2 others were given warnings.

Contract manipulation in Middle East, Eastern/Southern Africa – January 2020

It was suspected that a contract had been manipulated to favour one supplier. Fraud was not substantiated but non-compliance with the proper process was identified. Four staff members were given warnings and remediations were made.

Non-existent supplier in the Americas – January 2020

A supplier of office furniture was found to be non-existent at their stated address. Chairs were not supplied despite payment being made and the situation was reported to the police. Staff warnings were issued for non-compliance with purchase procedures.

Alleged procurement fraud in Asia/Pacific – April 2020

An audit found potential fraud by a partner organisation in procuring materials. The partner was questioned and provided a valid explanation. No further investigation was required.

Salary budgets manipulated in Europe – June 2020

A Plan International staff member was alleged to have manipulated salary budgets to award themselves an unauthorised 8.5% salary increase. The allegation was substantiated, and the staff member resigned with immediate effect.