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Corruption can give you a very bad few days

Tom Fox | February 21, 2016

You know it is going to be a bad day when you see your company’s name splashed across a BBC investigative report into alleged payment of bribes to secure business contracts. However, your day can get considerably worse when US congressmen, call for the Justice Department to investigate your company for possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Unfortunately for the British company British American Tobacco (BAT) both these eventualities have recently occurred.

Back in November, the BBC investigative television program Panorama claimed it had found evidence of bribery at one of the UK's biggest companies. The program interviewed for former BAT employee, Paul Hopkins who said that BAT had illegally paid politicians and civil servants in countries in East Africa. The BBC report claimed there were documents which indicated BAT may have paid people off to protect its corporate reputation and cover up...

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