, October 2, 2014

Ordina investigates Zembla claims: initial findings reveals no irregularities

In the period June-July 2014, following assertions made in the television programme Zembla, Ordina commissioned law firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek to conduct an internal investigation into possible irregularities in two government tender procedures in the periods 2006/2007 and 2009. The aim of the investigation was to obtain an independent and objective picture of the actual course of events surrounding those tender procedures. The Management Board decided to have this matter investigated thoroughly by an independent party, since Ordina’s reputation is at stake.

In the course of its investigation, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek studied more than 500,000 of Ordina’s (digital) documents and files. They also conducted extensive interviews with a large number of people who were involved in the procedures at the time. The investigation focused on the period 1 January 2005 through 31 December 2010.

Based on the outcome of the investigation by De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, the Ordina Management Board has concluded that it has not been established that there were any irregularities in these two tenders.

On 29 August last, Zembla again approached Ordina with a number of other instances in the public sector from the same period. At Ordina’s request, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is currently investigating Zembla’s claims of possible irregularities in these instances. The results of this investigation are expected in the course of October 2014.

One of these cases concerns sharing information by a reservist in the Army with his civilian employer Ordina. This case was reported on by Zembla earlier this week. As yet internal investigation has shown that the relevant communication was approved by representatives of the Ministry of Defence. There was no commercial benefit for Ordina.

The various instances relate to the period 2005 – 2010. The Ordina Management Board wishes to note that various elements of its policies, internal processes, procedures and training courses relating to tenders, as well as its code of conduct and whistle blowers’ scheme, have all been tightened considerably in the intervening period.