Statement on allegations by Mr. de Swardt

Issued by Transparency International Secretariat

Update, 26 October 2018: Transparency International was made aware that Mr. de Swardt announced the withdrawal of the document with allegations surrounding his last year at TI and has informed the respective stakeholders.



Transparency International (TI) has recently become aware of a number of allegations made by a former Managing Director of TI, Cobus de Swardt, relating to events surrounding his employment at TI’s Secretariat in Berlin.

In 2017, Mr. de Swardt and TI reached a settlement agreement with rights and duties for both parties at the Labour Court in Berlin. Mr. de Swardt has breached the terms of this settlement agreement by releasing a document with untrue and misleading allegations. To our knowledge this document has been shared with a number of TI stakeholders. We are saddened and surprised by Mr. de Swardt’s actions and are taking the necessary steps to resolve the situation.

We are committed to our vision of ensuring a world free of corruption, to our core principles, and to leading by example through our work, enabling and facilitating a culture of anti-corruption and integrity around the world.


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