Battling bribery, corruption abroad

Corporate reputations can be destroyed, workers and CEOs can face jail time in Canada
By Bronwyn Best
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/09/2007

In a global business environment, it’s becoming common for Canadian businesses to send their employees abroad, both on short-term negotiating trips and for long-term expatriate assignments. Being brought into close contact with people of different cultures presents myriad challenges and risks, not the least of which are bribery and corruption.

Corruption, as defined by Transparency International, a global coalition against corruption active in 90 countries, is the “abuse of public power for private gain.”

In the coalition’s 1997 report