A Two-Day Wave of Corruption

The past few days have not been kind to government leaders:

Peru’s president is facing impeachment over graft charges.

Ethics Commissioner finds, in a 66-page report, that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau broke ethics laws by accepting a vacation on a private island owned by billionaire philanthropist Aga Khan. The ethics commissioner chastised the prime minister stating that he must be certain that his private affairs do not conflict with his public duties and that he live up to his promise to run an administration “beyond reproach.”

Royal Dutch Shell, Eni SpA (and its chief executive), and other oil industry executives will face corruption charges on a 2011 Nigerian oil deal. The allegations are that the companies paid $1.3 billion to the Nigerian government in exchange for drilling rights. The charges also allege that the Nigerian president at that time received a portion of the money paid.

Kuwait announced that it was investigating a military helicopter deal with Airbus SE. The deal was for 24 helicopters for a price of over $1 billion. Other countries investigating the military contracts of Airbus include the U.S., France, and Britain.

The Saudi government announced that the clawbacks of graft paid to government officials now under Ritz-Carlton arrest (i.e., they were arrested, rounded up, and house at the Ritz-Carlton) would be put into the Saudi treasury. The funds will be used for government programs included in a stimulus package developed by Prince Mohammed as part of his new administration.

All of this was over the course of two days. Not a bad couple of days for graft and corruption all over the world. Not a good couple of days for those subjected to a government of quids and quos. Corruption in deals means costs go up, quality goes down, and speed of projects and products slows down. Corruption benefits a few at the expense of many.

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Professor Marianne Jennings is an emeritus professor of legal and ethical studies from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, retiring in 2011 after 35 years of teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in ethics and the legal environment of business. During her tenure at ASU, she served as director of the Joan and David Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics from 1995-1999. In 2006, she was appointed faculty director for the W.P. Carey Executive MBA Program. She has done consulting work for businesses and professional groups including AICPA, Boeing, Dial Corporation, Edward Jones, Mattel, Motorola, CFA Institute, Southern California Edison, the Institute of Internal Auditors, AIMR, DuPont, AES, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Motorola, Hy-Vee Foods, IBM, Bell Helicopter, Amgen, Raytheon, and VIAD. The sixth edition of her textbook, Case Studies in Business Ethics, was published in February 2011. The ninth edition of her textbook, Business: lts Legal, Ethical and Global Environment was published in January 2011. The 23rd edition of her book, Business Law: Principles and Cases, will be published in January 2013. The tenth edition of her book, Real Estate Law, will also be published in January 2013. Her book, A Business Tale: A Story of Ethics, Choices, Success, and a Very Large Rabbit, a fable about business ethics, was chosen by Library Journal in 2004 as its business book of the year. A Business Tale was also a finalist for two other literary awards for 2004. In 2000 her book on corporate governance was published by the New York Times MBA Pocket Series. Her book on long-term success, Building a Business Through Good Times and Bad: Lessons from Fifteen Companies, Each With a Century of Dividends, was published in October 2002 and has been used by Booz, Allen, Hamilton for its work on business longevity. Her latest book, The Seven Signs of Ethical Collapse was published by St. Martin’s Press in July 2006 and has been a finalist for two book awards. Her weekly columns are syndicated around the country, and her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Reader's Digest. A collection of her essays, Nobody Fixes Real Carrot Sticks Anymore, first published in 1994 is still being published. She has been a commentator on business issues on All Things Considered for National Public Radio. She has served on four boards of directors, including Arizona Public Service (1987-2000), Zealous Capital Corporation, and the Center for Children with Chronic Illness and Disability at the University of Minnesota. She was appointed to the board of advisors for the Institute of Nuclear Power Operators in 2004 and served on the board of trustees for Think Arizona, a public policy think tank. She has appeared on CNBC, CBS This Morning, the Today Show, and CBS Evening News. In 2010 she was named one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Business Ethics by Trust Across America. Her books have been translated into four different languages. She received the British Emerald award for authoring one of their top 50 articles in management publications, chosen from over 15,000 articles. Personal: Married since 1976 to Terry H. Jennings, Maricopa County Attorney’s Office Deputy County Attorney; five children: Sarah, Sam, and John, and the late Claire and Hannah Jennings.
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