Brandon C. Hudson
March 8, 2007
Case 2-3: Starnes-Brenner Machine Tool Company:
To Bribe or Not to Bribe?
Ethical is defined as conforming to accepted standards and consistent with agreed principles of correct moral conduct. In that case Franke Rothe decision to implement bribery in those of Latino is ethical. As stated in the definition above being ethical or unethical is in the eyes of the country. If the country doesn’t view this as a huge problem then neither should Frank. While on the other hand this bribery would be unethical in the United States because of the morals that the U.S. stands on. Even though this may be ethical in Latin, bribery is still considered to be illegal when it comes to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
The Foreign Corrupt Act states that it is unlawful to bribe foreign government officials to obtain or retain business. Amended by Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 reduces liability of corporate offices from having reason to know about bribes, and also permits lubrication payment if customary in the culture A "domestic concern" is defined to mean any individual who is a citizen, national, or resident of the United States, or any corporation, partnership, association, joint-stock company, business trust, unincorporated organization, or sole proprietorship which has its principal place of business in the United States, or which is organized under the laws of a State of the United States, or a territory, possession, or commonwealth of the United States. . The choices that Frank is making may be ethical in Latin, but it is definitely illegal. Frank is a United States citizen and just because he relocated to Latin, he still has to follow the rules of the Foreign Corrupt Act. In this case, Frank is making illegal bribes by bribing a jefe, which is a government official in Latin versus bribing the dockworkers. Under the FCA, it states that it is unlawful to bribe a foreign government...