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Exposing Your Corporate Character

Last week the New York Times contained three separate stories, all in a single section (Business Day), that in some way or another, dealt specifically with the importance of alignment between your corporate character and your public capital, i.e. your reputation.

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Topics: Culture, Leadership, Corporate Culture, Corporate Character

What The ‘100 Best Companies To Work For’ Have in Common

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Reflections on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day ...

 

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

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Topics: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Bribery Controls: Preparation and Training

Again, because bribery requests invariably arise in verbal and face-to-face communications, there is the opportunity to consider which employees and employee groups face these risks, and to train them appropriately. Sometimes, a factor in the bribery request is that it comes from an unexpected source or is in relation to an unexpected issue, such as the provision of utility services, which is completely counter to most employees expectations and experiences. As a consequence, they feel vulnerable, both now and for the future.

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Topics: Anti Bribery

Practical Bribery Controls

There are many practical and relatively simple bribery controls that companies can put in place, but the sad fact is that most of them don’t. Again, this is partly because of misplaced belief (see above), but also because companies believe that such controls will restrict their business, create unnecessary overhead, constrain their ability to compete, and, in any case, are too difficult to implement and sustain. Companies also often believe that since they have put in place policies, procedures, and training, their work is done.

Anticipating and Closing Down Bribery Opportunities, Including Rotating Roles

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Topics: Anti Bribery

Examples of Bribery Exposure Part 3

Misplaced Beliefs

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Topics: Anti Bribery

Examples of Bribery Exposure Part 2

Petty Cash, Expenses, Goods of Value, and Orders, Including Benford’s Law

Taken together, cash, expenses, goods, and orders represent four key sources of bribery funding from a company. A $20,000 order for a generator can, at face value, appear legitimate; however, with a simple conspiracy, that generator order can, in reality, be an order for a car intended to bribe, say, a government official; there are multiple methods through which a generator order can be turned into a car supply.

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Topics: Anti Bribery

Examples of Bribery Exposure Part 1

Companies often unwittingly expose themselves to bribery and then do not have the controls, processes, or presence of mind to recognize the risks. This is often due to a mistaken belief that “it wouldn’t happen here.”

While far from exhaustive, the list below provides some examples of how companies expose themselves to bribery.

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Topics: Anti Bribery

The Realities of Bribery—A Personal Introduction from Keith Read

Keith Read is an award-winning thought leader and expert in compliance, ethics, culture and governance. He was formerly the Group Director of Compliance and Ethics for BT (British Telecom) in London and is a past winner of the Compliance Register's Best Compliance Officer award, when he also won the Best Compliance Company award.

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Topics: Anti Bribery

The Realities of Bribery

News headlines are littered with examples of bribery allegations, often involving major, high-profile companies with good reputations and what was thought to be strong corporate governance.

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Topics: Anti Bribery

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