A couple of years ago, I decided to create a small business in Africa. I knew that it would be challenging, since the continent has a reputation of corruption, but I have strong moral values and I didn’t think it would be an issue. In fact, I planned on leading by example and hoped to instigate a good sense of ethic around me.
However, a few months after the beginning of the business activities, my partner and I received a call to meet with a member of the government. Unfortunately, the meeting had only one purpose: we were asked for a bribe. In that country specifically, it seemed that there was no way around it. All companies, including the Fortune 500′s, were paying their “dues.”
What would you have done if you were in my place?
Contributed by MK.
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