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    Can you give me some pointers on how to approach the following:

    Your company has a strict policy regarding employees receiving gifts from potential clients or contractors. While overseas, you discover that in some cultures it is customary to give gifts and to refuse is a grave insult. Research confirms this. How do you reconcile corporate policy with international relations? Write a memo to your boss explaining your reasoning.

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    Here is what I would include in a memo to my boss regarding the above question/scenario:

    It has been confirmed based on research that it is customary in various foreign countries to accept gifts as a part of doing business. The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), which forbids U.S. companies from accepting or giving any form of bribery payments, also makes certain provisions. In many of the same countries where gift giving is an accepted part of doing business, bribery is also considered a normal part of business operations. The ...

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    Your company has a strict policy regarding employees receiving gifts from potential clients or contractors. While overseas, you discover that in some cultures it is customary to give gifts and to refuse is a grave insult. Research confirms this. How do you reconcile corporate policy with international relations? Write a memo to your boss explaining your reasoning.

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