Tietoevry considers charges against Tieto Latvia as unfounded
10 February 2022
In 2018, a former Tieto Latvia SIA employee was convicted for bribery in Belarus. The case concerned the person as an individual, not the company. In May 2019, the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) initiated an investigation in Latvia concerning the possible responsibility of Tieto Latvia SIA as a company. In December 2020, the prosecutor transferred the case to the court. Tietoevry regards the charges as unfounded and has prepared for the court proceedings at the district court of Riga.
The company has followed the pre-trial investigation and actively cooperated with the authorities. The case about the possible responsibility of Tieto Latvia SIA concerns the supervision and controls to prevent the misuse of company assets. The case also considers whether the bribery has led to potential tax evasion. Tietoevry regards the charges as unfounded and has prepared to present the evidence in the court process. The court process has been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic has started with two administrative opening hearings at the district court of Riga. Issuance of a decision is expected to take up to 3 years.
Tietoevry has zero tolerance towards any unethical behavior or misconduct in its operations and requires all employees worldwide as well as suppliers and their subcontractors to comply with the national legislation and the principles set out in the company’s ethical guidelines, Code of Conduct.
Tietoevry’s Code of Conduct is in accordance with the UN Global Compact and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. We take violations against our Code of Conduct very seriously and have taken corrective actions in Latvia and Belarus to ensure that this does not reoccur in the future.
Kia Haring, Head of Global Communications and Sustainability, Tietoevry, kia.haring[at]tietoevry.com, tel. +358 40 765 3700