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A Critical Examination of the Multinational Companies Anti-corruption Policy in Nigeria

Otusanya, Olatunde Julius and Lauwo, Sarah and Adeyeye, Gbadegesin Babtunde (2012) 'A Critical Examination of the Multinational Companies Anti-corruption Policy in Nigeria.' Accountancy, Business and the Public Interest, 11. pp. 1-52. ISSN 1745-7718

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Abstract

In contemporary enterprise and organisational culture, many companies are increasingly willing to increase their profits and to gain competitive advantages through indulgence in bribery, corruption, money laundering and other anti-social practices that shows little regard for social obligations and even laws. Companies cemented their social relations by claims of socially responsible and of ethical conduct, but the evidence in practice proves otherwise. The bourgeoning corporate social responsibility literature rarely examines predatory practices of MNCs even though the practices affect a variety of stakeholders. This paper draws attention to the gaps between corporate anti-corruption policy and acts. The paper used publicly available evidence to provide case studies to show that companies engaged in bribery, corruption and money laundering as against their claims of responsible social conduct. The paper argued that MNCs have used the political elite in developing countries to seek to advance their global earnings and competitive advantages by offering bribes and other inducements to secure government contracts in Nigeria. It also encourages reflections on endemic corrupt practices and offers some suggestions for reform.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Corruption; CSR; Code of Conduct; Corporate policy; Bribery; Multinational
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School > Essex Accounting Centre
Depositing User: Clare Chatfield
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2013 10:02
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2015 15:04
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/7120

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