Information campaigns in anti-corruption

An effective communication strategy can strengthen a group, or nation, against corruption.

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Is it Corruption if it’s Legal?

potbrainIn the USA, two states voted to legalize marijuana. There’s no serious argument that marijuana improves peoples’ intelligence, or makes them more physically competent, or improves their abilities to perform professional tasks.  Although the impact is physiologically different, like alcohol, people wanted to do it, and they voted to make it legal.

It is a frustrating truth that we all do things that are not necessarily in our best interests of the best interests of our families, communities and groups. Continue reading “Is it Corruption if it’s Legal?”

Organizational Development is Corruption Prevention

Brian in Morocco
Brian Pinkowski  in Morocco

The FIRST step in preventing corruption is developing capable organizations and people.

Where people are uncertain of their roles and purposes in any organization, corruption is inevitable.

International development runs into challenges where diplomatic relations trump concerns about corruption.   Continue reading “Organizational Development is Corruption Prevention”

FCPA Not Well Developed???

FCPA not well developed???  B. Pinkowski
FCPA not well developed??? B. Pinkowski

Fighting corruption is tough. But succeeding in the international markets is tougher.  Particularly when well-intentioned laws in one country may attempt to change the operating culture for business across other countries. The FCPA is one of those well-intentioned laws.

We have good people in the US Government working to enforce the FCPA and generally create the boundaries that define an ethical working environment for business.  Continue reading “FCPA Not Well Developed???”

Tales From The Wild: Traditional Law and Foreign Officials

Traditional or “Tribal Lands” can create a significant headache for mining companies and others natural resource companies in developing countries.

Where the law identifies the legitimacy of both modern constitutional government an customary law and land rights, it can be difficult to identify government officials for FCPA and Anti-Bribery Act purposes.

Imagine this situation – You have untangled the mysteries of identifying the legal process to obtain permits in a country.  And successfully gone through each step, successfully and legally navigating each of the opportunities for local government officials to hold up the process in exchange for some “compensation” or unexpected facilitation payment.

You’ve simultaneously worked out identities of the tribal leaders on the lands that own the surface rights, and made the appropriate corporate social responsibility arrangements.

Everyone seems happy.  Continue reading “Tales From The Wild: Traditional Law and Foreign Officials”

Is Nepotism Really Criminal?

I’ve been having wrestling with the issue of Nepotism and its rational role in organizations and politics for some time.  Most recently I have been having a good dialogue with a colleague about the problems arising from criminalizing nepotism. His comment: “I cannot say that whether Nepotism is a crime or not but definitely it […]

The Organic Nature of Corruption

Aspen and conifer forests competing for survival.  Brian Pinkowski
Aspen and conifer forests competing for survival. Brian Pinkowski

Governments and Nations Fail from Corruption.  Even the strongest and least corrupt of nations struggles with the downward pull of destructive forces arising from.  No matter if the corruption comes from internal and external causes – it’s always there, under the surface. (What the U.S. Government Shutdown Teaches Us About Organizational Corruption.)

When governments fall, it is the corrupt organizations and networks that expand fastest for the simple reason that they are best organized to respond to the survival needs of the community. Continue reading “The Organic Nature of Corruption”