Glencore faces bribery probe over Congo unit
21 Nov 2017

Glencore PLC is reshuffling the board of one of its giant African copper operations following an internal review that the company said found weaknesses in its controls over financial reporting.

The move comes amid an investigation by Canada’s Ontario Securities Commission, or OSC, the country’s biggest regional securities regulator, into the governance practices of the Glencore copper subsidiary, Katanga Mining, which is based in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Investigators are probing financial statements and disclosures by Toronto-listed Katanga related to international bribery and anticorruption laws, Glencore and Katanga Mining said in separate statements disclosing the investigation on Monday.

Three Katanga directors, including Glencore’s billionaire copper chief, Aristotelis Mistakidis, are stepping down from its board following an internal review that found “material weaknesses” in the company’s controls over financial reporting, Glencore said.

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