Global commerce means increasing foreign partnerships. This creates ties with entities who may or may not share your company’s views on proper business conduct. They might even participate in illegal activity… which could make your company culpable whether or not you had knowledge.

This clip from the comedy “Central Intelligence” can jump start a discussion about foreign partners, how to go about forming them, maintaining proper oversight during the relationship and what to do if it’s discovered they engage in unethical or illegal practices.

QUESTIONS

Have you ever wanted to deny a personal connection to a person or organization? If so, what happened?

Why might a company want to deny their business connections?

Does ignorance concerning a business partner’s illegal behavior make a legal difference? Why or why not?

How could ties to foreign corruption negatively impact our company? Employees like yourself?

Where is an employee supposed to go with any concerns about a partner’s business behavior?

 

Bryan Belknap, an award-winning screenwriter and speaker, is Creative Director at Resonate Pictures, which specializes in story-based training and branding films. His new ebook “How to Teach Ethics and Compliance with Hollywood Movie Clips” is available for free download.

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