DJI Technology, the world’s largest consumer drone maker, has publicised a string of corruption cases linked to its supply chain management and procurement department, costing the company up to Rmb 1 billion ($150 million) last year.
A preliminary investigation found that 45 employees took part in the illicit activity, with 29 losing their jobs and 16 being taken into local police custody, according to a company statement seen by Caixin.
Some of the offenders were bribed by suppliers and others worked with in-house researchers in order to direct business and funds to certain suppliers, the statement read. In addition to the 45 already caught, DJI believes that dozens more could be involved in the cases. The company is continuing to investigate the situation via an independent internal inspection team.
DJI has dominated the global consumer drone market for much of the last decade. In 2017, sales grew 80% on an annual basis to Rmb 18 billion, according to Caixin.