I want to make it crystal clear that neither I nor the Board will tolerate improper business conduct of any sort and will take all necessary action to ensure compliance. This is a company with exceptional prospects and I will not accept any behaviour that undermines its future success.
Rolls-Royce says it has strengthened its compliance procedures. They include a new ethics code and an intermediaries policy. The company will also appoint an independent senior figure to lead a review of current procedures.
The investigation followed a request for information from the Serious Fraud Office about malpractice allegations in Indonesia and China.
Investigations by Rolls-Royce have identified matters of concern in these and in other overseas markets. The consequence of these disclosures will be decided by the regulatory authorities. It is too early to predict the outcomes, but these could include the prosecution of individuals and of the company. We will co-operate fully.