Brazilian engineering group Odebrecht, whose name became synonymous with graft due to its role in the nation’s sweeping Car Wash corruption investigation, is changing its name as it tries to turn the page on that scandal-plagued history.
In a statement on Friday, Odebrecht said it was changing its name to Novonor, adding that the change was the “culmination” of a five-year transformation at the company, during which the firm changed its “internal processes and ways of acting, strictly guided by ethics, integrity and transparency.”
In 2016, the company pleaded guilty in the United States to graft-related charges, doling out some $2.6 billion to U.S., Swiss and Brazilian authorities in the largest-ever foreign bribery penalty in the United States at the time.
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