…The majority of corporate compliance officers believe they have their bases covered when it comes to compliance with the FCPA and UK Bribery Act. Yet, when it comes to third parties, their vetting procedures are less rigorous than those they implement for employees.
This is a problem when you consider that third parties are often the weakest link in the compliance chain. Virtually every major FCPA case prosecuted over the last five years has focused on a bribe facilitated by an agent or third party to the parent company.
via Zen and the Art of Third Party Compliance — The FCPA Blog