Fairtrade Kenyan Roses Project Audited Amid Corruption Fears
by Rupert Steiner, The Guardian
Posted: 2017-11-13 16:06:01 EST

A flagship Fairtrade project that produces roses for some of Britain’s biggest supermarkets has been embroiled in a corruption investigation.

Oserian, which supplies Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, the Co-op and Aldi with cut flowers from Kenya, ordered a forensic audit into the way $1m (£760,000) of Fairtrade funds were distributed by community representatives amid allegations bribes had been paid for bursaries.

It instructed independent accountant Clyde and Associates to investigate any misappropriation of funds and to “establish exact amounts embezzled”.The investigation also looked into a raft of concerns including poor or non-existent record keeping and lax controls.

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