New York Times: Virtuous McKinsey Defiled by Dark Continent

More corporate criminals

Rigged Game

The firm heretofore has managed to avoid being tainted by scandal even when its fingerprints were all over a corporate crime scene.

By Yves Smith and cross-posted from Naked Capitalism

The New York Times published a major story yesterday on how the consulting powerhouse McKinsey got itself eyeball-deep in a corruption scandal in South Africa that has become the focus of a major government investigation. It has led major multinationals operating in South Africa like Coca Cola to cease doing business with McKinsey there.

Among other things, as the Times explains, the firm got about $100 million in performance payments for performance that may not have even occurred from a state-controlled energy company Eksom. It got the assignment in connection with a local partner that was controlled by an Indian family, the Guptas. The Guptas in turn used their connections with then South African president Jacob Zuma to loot…

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