Ethics Case Study – 59

You have performed a competent piece of consulting work for Metallizing Industries Ltd. and the CEO of Metallizing Industries Ltd. invites you to his company’s New Year Eve party, where he hands you an envelope marked “Happy New Year” and murmurs, “To be opened at New Year.

It is just a small token of appreciation.” You get back to your office and open the envelope: inside are hundred crisp, new one thousand rupee notes.

Your office mate, an old hand at the game, says: “Keep it.

A few companies do it around here. He’ll just ask you for some information from time to time about other companies that use our services-nothing like industrial espionage, you understand, just a general sense of how things are going with rivals, what’s most on their minds, that sort of thing.

It’s not as if you’re going to be asked to reveal patented secrets or the contents of files marked confidential.”  

Do you keep the money? Or do you risk offending a client valued by your company by returning the money?

Does the fact that the money is direct, not negotiated by agent to whom you pay a sum of money for the service, make a difference and if so, how?

20 marks / 250 words.

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