Amazon, the US e-commerce giant, said on Monday it would not tolerate corruption and would fully investigate all allegations. It follows reports that Amazon has launched an internal investigation into allegations of bribery in its Indian operations.
Amazon has launched an investigation into the conduct of its legal representatives in India, the report said, citing people familiar with the matter. Amazon did not respond to specific allegations in the report, saying only: "We have zero tolerance for corruption." We take allegations of misconduct seriously, investigate them thoroughly and take appropriate action. We do not comment at this time on specific allegations or the status of any investigation. ”
A whistleblower inside Amazon is understood to have exposed alleged bribery in its Indian operations, saying the company paid legal fees to be used by its Indian representatives to pay bribes, prompting an internal investigation.
The company has placed a senior employee on leave, according to two employees of Amazon's internal legal team.