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When doing business abroad, we sometimes find ourselves confronted with a different set of, umm...let's call them "values." There is a tough choice to make, and it most often concerns electing profit or deciding not to business with people who don't share our ideals. In an internview with the State Department, I was once asked what my policy was on accepting bribes. The correct answer (and the one I gave) was not accepting bribes under any circumstances.

There are practical reasons for doing this, above and beyond moral or ethical ones. First, since we don't know the laws (presumably) of each and every country we work with, we certainly wouldn't want to go to jail overseas for committing a crime...all because we made a last-minute wrong turn at the corner of good and bad decison streets. Another reason is getting in trouble with our home country. What happens when companies engage in shady business practices (no matter how common they may be) abroad? It ruins reputations, and destroys possibilities for future honest deal-making for other companies, that's what it does!

We're not on our high horse here. We understand that there are countries where it is common practice to accept payments "on the side." As your friends in the consulting world, however, we strongly caution against it. It could cost you not only future business, but establish a pattern for accepting illicit payments and give you the type of global reputation you don't want.

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