3M discloses internal probe into China-linked marketing

3M headquarters building in Woodbury is seen in August 2011.
3M headquarters building in Woodbury is seen in August 2011.
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Post-It maker 3M Co. said on Friday it was investigating potential violations of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or other anti-corruption laws related to certain business groups in China.

“The company, through its internal processes, discovered certain travel activities and related funding and record keeping issues raising concerns, arising from marketing efforts by certain business groups based in China,” 3M said in a regulatory filing.

The company said it had disclosed the investigation to the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission and is cooperating with both agencies.

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