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Business ethics and bribery

Defining ethical behaviors, specifically bribes with given examples.

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Paying a large tip to secure a better table in a restaurant is completely different then offering a bribe in business to secure a contract. The foundation for my decision starts with the definition of a bribe. A bribe is "the practice of offering something (usually money) in order to gain an illicit advantage".(www.wordnet.princeton.edu, 2008) There is nothing illegal, unlawful or criminal in slipping the waiter a twenty dollar bill to get a table by the window, overlooking the ocean, at sunset. Now, on the other hand, slipping someone anything from Super Bowl tickets, to a trip to Cancun, to money is not merely bribery, but ethically immoral.

Bribery has been around since the beginning of time. In my opinion the very first act of bribery took place in the Garden of Eden, when the snake (Lucifer) bribed Eve with eternal life if she ate an apple from the Tree of Life. Another great example of ...

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Kick-backs, extortion, secret commissions and even lobbying are further names for bribery. However, no matter what you call it, according to American law, it is illegal to accept a bribe. In many countries however, it is socially and culturally........