A secret agreement between parties, in the public and/or private sector, to conspire to commit actions aimed to deceive or commit fraud with the objective of illicit financial gain. The parties involved often are referred to as ‘cartels’.

Why it matters

Companies and governments must strengthen compliance and adopt a zero-tolerance policy towards cartels. Price-fixing and collusion must be unequivocally condemned by business. To be sustainable, internal compliance measures to stop cartels must be established.

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