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    Ethics & Debate Center - Thread: Bribery - Ethical or no?

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      Bribery - Ethical or no?

      Do you feel bribery is ethical or not?

      Where I used to work (at a global company) it was definitely viewed as unethical and a reason for termination of your employment. We had to take Ethics Tests twice a year and if we did not pass our jobs would be terminated.

      I couldn't even accept a sandwich from a restaurant owner who was grateful when I ordered food for luncheons or I'd get fired because it was unethical.

      Some cultures feel it's necessary to bribe to get ahead but none of them would be hired to work at the company I was with and for good reason.
      "Christianity does not require more work but more trust." Pr. Jonathan Fisk
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      Quote Originally Posted by Lämmchen View Post
      Do you feel bribery is ethical or not?

      Where I used to work (at a global company) it was definitely viewed as unethical and a reason for termination of your employment. We had to take Ethics Tests twice a year and if we did not pass our jobs would be terminated.

      I couldn't even accept a sandwich from a restaurant owner who was grateful when I ordered food for luncheons or I'd get fired because it was unethical.

      Some cultures feel it's necessary to bribe to get ahead but none of them would be hired to work at the company I was with and for good reason.
      Hush money is never ok

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      Here is a definition of a bribe: A bribe is the gift bestowed to influence the recipient's conduct.
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      My vote was supposed to be a NO and I messed up. Edited: I corrected it now so my vote shows No.
      Last edited by Lämmchen; 04-15-2019 at 06:55 PM.
      "Christianity does not require more work but more trust." Pr. Jonathan Fisk
      "Bearing fruit does not make you a branch. A branch is a branch because it grows from the vine." Pr. Jonathan Fisk
      "A Christian's life is not defined by what the Christian does. It is defined by Christ and what He has done for us." Pr. Rolf David Preus

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      In principle I think bribery is ethically unacceptable but as with so many things there's scope to question just what counts as a bribe. I know some companies impose a limit above which gifts have to be declared to avoid allegations of bribery (and declared gifts may have to be returned or paid for at market value), but at the same time its easy to start witch hunts over low value gifts that can't realistically be expected to sway someone's behavior or decisions.

      If you're trying to land a deal with millions and mysteriously decide to invite the person making the final decision to join you to watch the NFL final playoffs in your VIP box there's an obvious conflict of interest. If you're a local donut store who throws in a free donut now and then when someone orders a dozen, and occasionally a public official happens to get the odd free donut, it's hard to imagine that being enough to sway any decisions they might make regarding something like zoning issues.
      "Do what thou will shall be the whole of the law" - Aleister Crowley

      "If you love me, obey my commandments" - Jesus Christ

      The Bible comes as a complete package. If we want to pluck verses out of context so make them mean what we want them to mean, if we want to ignore the passages that are inconvenient to our outlook, we should be intellectually honest enough to throw our Bibles in the trash and admit we are following Crowley and not Christ.

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