Oxford University Press ("OUP"), the academic publishing department of Oxford University, has been fined following a High Court action over two OUP subsidiaries based in Kenya and Tanzania. The two wholly-owned subsidiaries made payments to attempt to influence the results of tenders for contracts to supply text books to schools, two of which were funded by the World Bank.
The corruption was discovered after OUP were notified by investigators at the World Bank. Following an action by the Serious Fraud Office, the High Court has ordered OUP to pay a £1.9m fine and the World Bank Group have debarred OUP East Africa and OUP Tanzania from doing business with the World Bank for three years. OUP has voluntarily offered to pay £2m to not-for-profit organisations providing education in sub-Saharan Africa.