The headlines are from Saturday’s New York Times. The news article details how Walmart de Mexico—that nation’s largest employer—regularly paid huge bribes to Mexican government officials to approve permits for new stores; how senior management of the Mexican subsidiary was party to the bribery; how Walmart headquarters in Arkansas investigated the allegations of bribery, and how, when the investigations turned up hard evidence, hq proceeded to bury it.
Ethics Bob is using Wal-Mart’s recent bribery problems as a subject for class discussion in his business ethics class. I am using it in my business classes as well. I would be curious as to his classes’ response. Mine has been that there will be long term consequences for the company. Ethics Bob is tough on the company and he’s teaching business ethics where I am teaching the more generic business law. He may be getting a more critical response than I.
- Wal-Mart Hushed Up Vast Mexico Bribery Case After Top-Level Struggle (emmageraln.com)
- Wal-Mart Bribery and Bad Examples (businessethicsblog.com)
- Wal-Mart Concedes Bribery Case May Widen (nytimes.com)
- The Wal-Mart Corruption Case (nytimes.com)
- Wal-Mart’s Vast Mexico Bribery Case Exposed (dekerivers.wordpress.com)
- WalMart Bribery in México and all over the World (doctoramarthacastro.wordpress.com)