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A little bribery here, a little bribery there

Bill Coffin | August 7, 2017

Compliance Week covers bribery extensively, as it’s one of the forms of wrongdoing that compliance programs are supposed to prevent. As such, I find bribery cases among elected officials especially interesting, as they tend to be the focus for where a lot of otherwise honest businesses end up crossing the line. The notion that having to pay bribes to succeed in business is an insidious one many organizations face, and it requires individuals to make tough calls in accordance with their organizations’ code of conduct, and it requires organizations to give personnel the leeway they would need to forsake business if it means serving a higher purpose: operating within the boundaries of the law and the ethical parameters of the organization itself.

I originally hail from the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania—a smallish region some 60 miles north of Philadelphia and some 80 miles west of New York city that mainly consists of the cities of Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton (my hometown).... To get the full story, subscribe now.