Is it Corruption if it’s Legal?

In 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 […]

Organizational Development is Corruption Prevention

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.  

FCPA Not Well Developed???

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 […]

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 – […]

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

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, […]