3 Potential Non-compliant Behaviors Driven by the Pandemic Crisis

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Extreme disruption in the business world due to the pandemic has left many companies around the world to be even more susceptible to fraud than ever.  The slowing down of the global business wheel has forced many companies to shutdown. Whereas the lucky ones have cut their spending to operate more efficiently and institute remote working policies for their employees.

However, the tight budget and relaxed controls could drive an individual to implement non-compliant behaviors in order to meet business targets or just to gain extra benefits for their own personal interest.The non-compliant behaviors may lead to fraudulent actions. Here are at least three non-compliant behaviors during the pandemic crisis that should be anticipated by companies.

1. Skipping due diligence

A survey done by The Supply Chain and Automotive Technology team at IHS Markit highlighted that one-third of suppliers reported moderate to severe effects because of the pandemic crisis. From the survey we can draw a big picture of how the pandemic has affected other suppliers from almost all industries.

The affected third-party suppliers have forced surviving companies to quickly seek alternative third parties, with only a few options to choose from. The limited options drive the companies to skip due diligence. With the lack of controls, the finding of alternatives could be a vulnerable area for fraud risks, such as kickbacks and gratification.

2. Bribery

Some see the crisis as an opportunity to gain benefits for their own personal interest. Charitable organizations and companies with charity programsare exposed by potential frauds such as bribery. An example would be how an individual in the company might abuse their power by making a donation to a particular organization as a trade-off for a partnership contract.

3. Falsification of financial records

The relaxed control during the crisis is an opportunity for an individual to hide their corrupt acts. They might see it as a perfect time to embezzle or corrupt the company’s cash and make falsified financial records to hide their crime. Or,due to the extreme global business pressure , an executive level employee may make a falsified financial statement to hide the company’s bad financial circumstances due to significant unachieved business targets.

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Also Read:

Maintain Compliance With Online Due Diligence

Fraud Prevention: Know Who You’re Dealing With

Internal Controls: 3 Limitations That Your Company Should Anticipate

 

 

 

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