Corruption and Bribery have serious consequences for companies operating in an international business environment. In such an environment, businesses are operating under serious pressure, competition is stiff and margins are tight. This, in conjunction with trying to adapt to unfamiliar legal systems, conventions and specific political circumstances, can make doing business in an international environment very difficult. There is therefore much depending on whether your company can win a contract, obtain a licence or market a product in good time.
The attitudes within your organization lay the foundation for a high or low fraud risk environment. Where minor unethical practices may be overlooked, larger frauds may also be treated in a similar lenient fashion. In such an environment there may be a risk of total collapse of your organization either through a single catastrophic fraud or through the combined weight of many smaller frauds. A sound ethical culture and sound internal control systems are essential key components of a fraud prevention strategy.