Compliance Bribery

Compliance programs typically refer to formalized institutional procedures within corporations and organizations to detect, prevent and respond to indvidual and widespread instances of regulatory... more +
Compliance programs typically refer to formalized institutional procedures within corporations and organizations to detect, prevent and respond to indvidual and widespread instances of regulatory violations.  In response to many corporate scandals evidencing rampant unethical business practices, many nations, including the United States, began passing strict regulatory frameworks aimed at curbing these abuses. Notable pieces of legislation in this area include the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), and the U.K. Bribery Act, to name a few. The foregoing statutes and the severe penalties often associated with them form the basis of many modern institutional compliance programs. less -
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China Amps Up Anti-Corruption Effort – What This Means for Your Company

Last Friday, China’s 15-month-long bribery investigation into British multinational pharmaceutical GlaksoSmithKline (GSK) ended after a one-day trial in which the court found GSK’s local subsidiary guilty of bribing doctors...more

Top 10 tips for countering small bribes

The issue of so-called facilitation payments and other small bribes is a thorn in the side of many international businesses. Not only is it difficult to do business in many parts of the world without making such payments, but...more

GSK Convicted – We are really, really sorry we paid bribes (and got caught)

“GSK plc sincerely apologies to the Chinese patients, doctors and hospitals, and the Chinese Government and the Chinese people.” With those words, the British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) PLC was...more

Popular Frauds - protect your organization

One Fraud... Two Fraud... Three Fraud... No organization wants to wake up to find themselves suddenly the center of unexpected liability or unwelcome scrutiny due to fraud. Fraud costs organizations more if it's...more

Bribery at the “Sharp End.” Lessons from the field.

To many, an understanding of corruption, bribery and compliance comes from the field of regulators, auditors, investigators and attorneys. Each one of these practices brings an important perspective and set of compliance...more

Internal Controls for Third Party Representatives in a FCPA Compliance Program

This week, I am continuing my podcast series, on the FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report, on internal controls in best practices anti-corruption compliance program, under the Foreign Corrupt Practices (FCPA), UK Bribery Act or...more

The Origins of the FCPA: Lessons for Effective Compliance and Enforcement: Part Two

The illicit or foreign payments cases - The preliminary inquiry was followed by formal SEC investigations early in 1974. The resulting cases would become known as the “illicit or foreign payments” cases. The focus of...more

Justin Bieber Does It Again – Time For Anti Bribery Training To Save The Day

Tsk tsk tsk. Just when I thought I was only going to mention him in one blog post this year, I now have the opportunity to write another. Someone has to do it! Justin Bieber is back in the spotlight and this time it isn’t...more

Risk Assessments-the Cornerstone of Your Compliance Program, Part I

One cannot really say enough about risk assessments in the context of anti-corruption programs. Since at least 1999, in the Metcalf & Eddy enforcement action, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) has said that risk assessments...more

5 CEO’s Who Should Be Forced To Retake Anti Bribery Training

5 CEO’s Who SIn my last blog I wrote about billionaire Bernie Ecclestone bribing his way out of a bribery sentence; I’m still shaking my head on that one. Sadly, he is not the only mega rich businessman behaving badly,...more

3 Depressing Conclusions in E&Y’s Global Fraud Report – More Anti-Bribery Training, Internal Controls Required

I just finished reading Ernst & Young’s “Growing Beyond: A Place For Integrity”, the company’s 12th Global Fraud Survey. It’s pretty sobering, but I’m trying to find some glimmers of hope in it. Don’t get me wrong; the...more

Bribery, Twice Removed

Charles Duross is the head of Morrison & Foerster’s Global Anti-Corruption Practice. He is the former head of the Department of Justice’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act unit, where he took a leading role in developing and...more

What Can You Do When Risk Changes in a Third Party Relationship?

The GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GSK) corruption matter in China continues to reverberate throughout the international business community, inside and outside China. The more I think about the related trial of Peter Humphrey and his...more

Bribery & Deterrence: A Tale of Two Sentences

In an August 11, 2014 article (www.thebirberyact.com) “Supersize me: Innospec 4 sentencing remarks do much more than they say on the tin,” Barry Vitou and Richard Kovalevsky (“The Authors”) do a great service by elevating...more

How Can Global Corporations Afford (or Afford Not) To Employ Professional Language Solution Providers

It seems like a daily occurrence that news organizations and blogs (this one included) report that global corporation XYZ, Inc. has run afoul of FCPA statutes somewhere in the world. The next few paragraphs will recount the...more

Did Bernie Ecclestone Skip Anti Bribery Training?

It astonishes me how many cases there are of wealthy individuals simply buying their way out of trouble. Let’s face it, in the world we live in today, money still talks, even in courts of law. Maybe this mentality was...more

Company Agrees to $6.8 Million Fine For Selling Tainted Eggs and Bribing Official

While foreign bribery makes for sensational headlines, a Midwest egg company recently discovered why U.S. enforcement actions for domestic bribery have resulted in a sharp increase in corporate fines. The egg company agreed...more

Corruption, Regime Change & Risk

Recently, I have been reading and blogging on a number of different papers, guides and articles that deal with the challenges of foreign bribery and third party intermediaries. While each work has been interesting, compelling...more

Does Your Company Still Allow Facilitation Payments?

One of the more confusing areas of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is in that of facilitation payments. Facilitation payments are small bribes but make no mistake about it, they are bribes....more

What happens when business strategy becomes a red-flag for bribery?

Richard Bistrong spent much of his career as an international sales executive. He was the Vice President of International Sales for a large, publicly traded manufacturer of police and military equipment, which included...more

Nixon Announces Resignation; GSK Just Resigns

Next week, Shanghai’s No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court is scheduled to open a trial against Peter William Humphrey, a 58-year-old British national, and his wife, Yu Yingzeng, a 61-year-old American, on charges of illegally...more

“Countering Small Bribes.” A Personal Perspective on the Guidance by Transparency International

First, whenever I read a paper, book or guidance about “how to pay a bribe,” or “how to avoid a bribe,” etc., it is always with some degree of skepticism. I often wonder how an organization or person can have a perspective...more

Corruption & Procurement: Bribery "Thrives in the Dark."

In the July 31, 2014 edition of the Jakarta Post there was a featured article “Smith & Wesson bribery scandal involves National Police officers,” which reported that “the Indonesian Corruption Watch (ICW) has called for an...more

Is Anti-Corruption a Business or Legal Issue?

On June 5, 2014, Philippe Montigny, President of Ethic Intelligence (www.ethic-intelligence.com) asks exactly that question in an editorial. My own perspective of compliance remains much along the lines of those such as Mr....more

Rationalizing Bribery: Corruption Has No Witness.

This is part three of my four part series on how I "Rationalized Bribery." It addresses the reality that there are usually no witnesses to overseas discussions involving an actual or potentially corrupt transaction....more

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