Decision Point: Another Ethical Dilemma for the Michigan Facility
The Sales Manager asks to meet with you. She explains that she has been working on a lucrative contract with an international firm located in Cambodia. This contract would be worth several million dollars to Bridgeway Auto; however, she’s concerned about an issue regarding the contract. The firm has offered her a substantial monetary gift if the contract can be signed by the end of the year, and she wants to know the ethical ramifications of accepting this monetary gift.
She points out that such monetary gifts are not illegal in Cambodia. As a matter of fact, it is a common practice in that country, so there would be no legal consequences to accepting the gift. She also tells you that her daughter is battling a serious medical condition, and the monetary gift would help her pay the mountain of debt she has incurred as a result of her daughter’s medical care.
What should you advise the Sales Manager with respect to accepting the monetary gift?
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You explain to the Sales Manager that, despite the fact that the monetary gift is legal in Cambodia, it violates the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and this could have serious legal and ethical consequences for Bridgeway Auto. You tell her that accepting the monetary gift would also violate the company’s Code of Ethics, and she cannot accept the monetary gift.
You know that the monetary gift is prohibited by the company’s Code of Ethics and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. However, considering the fact that the monetary gift is legal in Cambodia and the extenuating circumstances with the Sales Manager’s ailing daughter, you are willing to “look the other way” and allow her to accept the monetary gift as long as she shares a percentage of the gift with you.
You know that the monetary gift is prohibited by the company’s Code of Ethics. However, considering the fact that the monetary gift is legal in Cambodia and the extenuating circumstances with the Sales Manager’s ailing daughter, you advise her to accept the monetary gift.