Het luierkartel van Colombia

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In Europa gaat het om bier, elektronica en hoogspanningskabels. In Colombia worden verboden prijsafspraken ontdekt op het gebied van…luiers. Want ook die zijn big business.

How dirty can business get? In Colombia, it can get as dirty as a diaper. An investigation by the country’s Superintendence of Industry and Commerce (SIC) has uncovered a series of illegal, coordinated price hikes in the highly lucrative diaper industry.

Trade and industry inspectors started investigating price-fixing practices in late 2013, with the aim of ridding Colombia’s economy of illegal business activity. They looked into product industries as diverse as rice, sugar and cement.

Thanks to the Benefits Program for Collaboration, a project that follows the U.S. practice of protecting whistleblowers, investigators found a “diaper cartel.” This group of domestic and international companies is suspected to have “artificially” raised prices from 2000 to 2013.

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