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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.

ALLGED CONFLICT OF INTEREST IN EAST/SOUTHERN AFRICA – AUGUST 2018

A Plan International staff member was alleged to be favouring their partner's business for a contract. They were found to have not disclosed the conflict of interest and received a formal warning. As a result, staff members were reminded about the conflict of interest policy.

ORGANISATION’S ASSETS USED FOR PERSONAL BUSINESS IN WEST AFRICA – OCTOBER 2018

Plan International staff members were found to be using the organisation’s offices and assets for personal business. Two staff members were given formal warnings.

FORGED SIGNATURE IN ASIA – NOVEMBER 2018

A Plan International staff member was alleged to have forged the signature of another staff member on a requisition form. The staff member concerned admitted fraud and had their contract terminated.

PROCUREMENT FRAUD IN THE AMERICAS – JANUARY 2019

Procurement fraud was suspected in purchases following an emergency response. Price inflation was substantiated, the staff members involved were dismissed but the loss (€10,600) was not recoverable. Procurement controls were reviewed and strengthened as a result.

FRAUDULENT VOLUNTEER IN EAST/SOUTHERN AFRICA – FEBRUARY 2019

A former community volunteer working with Plan International was found to be extorting cash from families by claiming to enrol them in a bursary programme. A police investigation was conducted and communities were advised that Plan International does not charge enrolment fees. There was no financial loss to Plan International.