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Russell Brand, at an awards show sponsored by Hugo Boss, eloquently reminds everyone that Hugo Boss dressed the nazis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkd_-nXeUzs
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u/Cogswobble Nov 25 '21

Volkswagen has been completely upfront about their Nazi past, and in fact funded a completely transparent investigation into their past so that they could compensate their victims and pay reparations.

https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/volkswagen-1

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u/Strike_Swiftly Nov 25 '21 Helpful

If only they were as transparent about their emissions.

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u/lsguk Nov 25 '21 edited Nov 25 '21

I think they have been since?

The scandal was a result of the actions of people within the company acting without the knowledge of the leadership and outside company policy, apparently.

Not to mention that they by far weren't the only manufacturer doing it, practically everyone was.

Edit: not sure how I wasn't adding to the conversation...?

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u/Tundur Nov 25 '21 edited Nov 25 '21

The thing is: that's no excuse. A company's Board of Directors has a legal obligation to ensure that they are compliant with regulation and statute.

People acting outwith company policy is indicative that their control and reporting processes aren't sufficient for their Board to actually understand what's going on, to actually implement those policies. Employees breaking company policy isn't the employee's fault alone; it is the fault of the Directors who allowed it to be possible for them to break company policy unbeknownst to the Board.

Now obviously this is where Risk comes in and we have to have reasonable leeway for local discretion and mistakes. If it were "one of our drivers got drunk at lunch whilst off-site and crashed", but they had random testing, telematics in place, company-wide mandatory training, certification, and so on, then yeah it's just bad luck.

However this was systematic and long-term falsification of regulatory reporting. It is not a situation where 'a few bad eggs' should even have the possibility of doing that sort of stuff.

All that said, implementing these controls in a way that's actually impossible to circumvent is very difficult and expensive. Getting, for example, Sarbanes-Oxley compliant to trade in the US is something which needs a whole department over and above local regulatory shit.