The Bribery Scandal at Siemens AG Thomas J. Boucher DeMontrez Johnson Yao Yao Kristen Rogers
Background Siemens was initially started as Telegraphen-Bauanstalt von Siemens & Halske in 1847 by Werner von Siemens (Werner) and a mechanical engineer, Johann Georg Halske.
Background In 1853, the company won its first international contract to build a telegraph net work that stretched around 10,000 kilomerers and provide maintenace services for it, in Russia. In 1855, Werner set up subsidiaries in Russia and Britain to serve the growing opportunities for the company outside Germany and entrusted their responsibility to his brothers. By 1914, Siemens & Halske was one of the largest companies of Germany with a workforce if 82,000 employees. However, World WarⅠhad a devastating impact on the company’s business. It lost most of its foreign businesses. In 1966, Siemens & Halske, Siemens-Schuckertwerke Ag and Siemens-Reiniger-Werke AG merged to form Siemens AG.
Background In 1969, the entire company’s business was reorganized into 6 operating groups. In 1990, the largest European company in the computer industry, Siemens-Nixdorf Informationssystem AG (SNI), was created. In 2001, Siemens obatined a listing on the New York Stock Exchange. During the fiscal year 2008, the revenues of the company stood at €77.34 billion.
EXHIBIT Ⅲ (B) Income Statement of Siemens:2004-08 (All figures in billions of Euro except per share amounts) Source:www.hoovers.com
Issues Slush funds to win contracts abroad On November 15, 2006, around 30 office and private homes related to Siemens and its employees were raided by some 200 police officers, tax inspectors and proOn November 15, 2006, around 30 office and private homes related to Siemens and its employees were raided by some 200 police officers, tax inspectors and prosecutors in Munich, and other cities of Germany, to probe suspicions of bribery. As the probe continued, the scandal deepened and te estimate of the total cash used in suspect payments increased to €200 million from €10-30 million, and finally the figure touched €420 million.secutors in Munich, and other cities of Germany, to probe suspicions of bribery. As the probe continued, the scandal deepened and te estimate of the total cash used in suspect payments increased to €200 million from €10-30 million, and finally the figure touched €420 million.
Issues Siemens charged for bribing employee representatives On February 14, 2007, authorities in Nuremberg, Germany, raided several Siemens offices following allegations that the company was involved in bribing employee represnetatives to secure their support for its polices. Former Siemens managers convicted of bribing foreign officials On May14, 2007, a German court convicted two former managers of Siemens, Andreas Kley and Horst Vigener, for embezzling the company funds to bribe employees of an Italian energy company, Enel.
Issues Probes in other countries Siemens was also being probed in several other countries like Italy, Switzerland, Greece and the US for possible misconduct.
Knowledge • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFM7P6sbu4k
Updates • Exhibit V
Introduction • Exhibit I: Mitbestimmung • Slush Funds To Win Contracts Abroad • Siemens Charged For Bribing Employee Representatives • Former Siemens Managers Convicted Of Bribing Foreign Officials • Probes In Other Countries
SWOT Analysis • Strengths: Siemens AG (Siemens) is a leading electronics and electrical engineering company, operating in the industry, energy and healthcare sectors. Siemens has strong presence in the renewable energy sector. • Weaknesses: Siemens phones were once in the global top five, but problems with quality in high-end handsets and with stiff price competition in the mass market depressed its position.
SWOT • Oportunities: Merger with BenQ. "BenQ and Siemens complement one another ideally." • Threats: Bad publicity on a international level due to scandals within the company.
Perspectives • Kleinfield’s aggressive style of management was disliked by older conservatives in the company. • The first time in Siemens that a CEO was being appointed from outside the company. • Gerhard Cromme said: • “His upright character, his global background, his outstanding international reputation and his wide-ranging experience in business development and strategy, the financial markets and technology-related issues were the key factor in our decision.”
Perspectives • “I am convinced that Mr. Loescher has what it takes to steer Siemens through its current difficulties and into a better future.