A facilitation payment is an ethically questionable payment made in order to procure or speed up the provision of services.
A distinction is generally drawn between facilitation payments and outright bribery and corruption. In many countries it may be considered normal (and actually be legal) to provide small unofficial payments in certain circumstances. A multinational company may be prohibited by law from making such payments in its home country, and therefore encounters an ethical problem when doing business in a country in which facilitation payments are a part of the business process. Bribery is a crime defined by Blacks Law Dictionary as the offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of any item of value to influence the actions as an official or other person in discharge of a public or legal duty. ...
See also: Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, business ethics. This article contains information that has not been verified and thus might not be reliable. ... Business ethics is a form of applied ethics that examines ethical rules and principles within a commercial context; the various moral or ethical problems that can arise in a business setting; and any special duties or obligations that apply to persons who are engaged in commerce. ...
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