Ethics- Bribery in the International Community
By: Macha Shinhoster Sr.
Kaplan University, Online
Class: LS501-01 Ethics and the Professional
10 February 2012
The issue is bribery in the International community and why is it illegal and unethical. Before 1977 some countries had less stricter sanctions on bribery depending on the country and the violation, the United States government made the choice for businesses getting the Department of Justice involved. The Act of 1977 prohibited U.S. nationals and U.S. corporations from making payments to foreign officials for the purpose of obtaining or retaining business. Bribery is an illegal action caused by the person who accepts the bribe in exchange for services or goods. Different cultures have many degrees about what constitutes bribery. The differences of cultural perception of bribery become important in the third world of international trade. An action that might be innocent in the United States might not be a crime in another. Bribery of any kind is clearly against the law under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. “The law prohibits U.S. companies from paying or offering to pay, foreign-government officials or employees of state-owned companies to gain a business advantage. It covers nonmonetary gifts or offers in addition to cash payments, and is worded broadly enough that its spawning an army of consultants, some of whom once prosecuted bribery cases for the Justice Department, who offer to interpret the gray areas”(Searcey, 2009)
These are some of the problems that bribes created, they were violations of the area where the companies wanted to invest and also violations against the country from where the company formed, paying bribes hurts the national industry as well as the international community, often the companies bribing their American competitors out of the same job, which created greed in most countries officials who were on the receiving end. The rich got richer and poor less...
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