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Meituan on a mission to weed out corruption from its system

Dozens of people were indicted for requesting kickbacks from merchants, receiving bribes from partners and stealing customer information.

Dec 5, 2018 by Yun Nie
Meituan on a mission to weed out corruption from its system

Meituan-Dianping (美团点评) filed corruption cases against 89 individuals including own staff and employees of partner firms, the Chinese O2O giant said on Monday.

A senior manager of Meituan’s food delivery division was dismissed for accepting bribes from business partners.

Earlier this year, Meituan set up an anti-corruption panel, Major Crime Unit Six, to weed out corruption from its system.

In November last year, Meituan revealed 10 cases of illegal activities in an internal email. Dozens of people were indicted for requesting kickbacks from merchants, receiving bribes from partners and stealing customer information.

Meituan teamed up with Tencent (腾讯), Baidu (百度), JD.com (京东), Walmart China, and 14 more enterprises to establish Sunshine Integrity Alliance to investigate fraudulent employees through an information-sharing mechanism.

Meituan’s Major Crime Unit Six is in alignment with China’s sweeping anti-corruption campaign. Chinese largest Internet companies (Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, and JD.com) launched panels to investigate corruption and embezzlement as early as 2010.

In response to the Chinese government's four-year-old anti-corruption drive, JD.com announced six cases in May 2017 and fired eight people who took advantage of their positions to accept kickbacks.

Baidu launched the Sunshine Workplace initiative and formed the Baidu Professional Ethics Committee in 2011 to strengthen internal audit, investigate employees’ illegal activities and offer professional ethics education. Chinese internet security company Qihoo 360 set up a special department to clean up internal corruption.

Yun Nie

Yun Nie is a New York-based tech reporter. She focuses on India-China financial market, global IT giants and technology-centric market trends. She can be reached at Yunnie@thepassage.cc.

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