October 28, 2005
Stockholm, Sweden, October 28, 2005: The Independent Inquiry Committee released its final report on Program Manipulations within the UN’s Oil-for-food Program yesterday. Atlas Copco is one of some 2 200 companies mentioned in the report.
Atlas Copco Airpower in Belgium has been subject to an investigation by the Committee, both in terms of responding to written questions and a meeting with investigators. The processes for the contract handling under the Program, all formally approved by the UN for payment by Letter of Credit, have been explained in detail. Internal investigations have verified that there were no payments made to the Iraqi Government by Atlas Copco. Atlas Copco has strongly objected to the assumption made by the Committee indicating a responsibility for the activities of the agent in Iraq at the time. Atlas Copco will continue its investigation of this matter and take this opportunity to stress that payments by Atlas Copco of the nature now in question are in direct conflict with the Atlas Copco Group’s written Business Code of Practice, and are never tolerated. For further information please contact: Hans Sandberg, Senior Vice President Legal Counsel +46 (0)8 743 9041 or +46 (0)703 199041 Annika Berglund, Senior Vice President Communications +46 (0)8 743 8070 or +46 (0)70 322 8070 Atlas Copco is an international industrial Group with its head office in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2004, the Group had revenues of approximately BSEK 49, with 98% of revenues outside Sweden. The Group has more than 25 000 employees. The Group produces and markets compressed air equipment and generators, construction and mining equipment, industrial tools, and assembly systems and offers related service and equipment rental. The Atlas Copco Group includes famous brands such as Atlas Copco, RSC Equipment Rental, and CP. More information can be found on atlascopco.com.