In January Airbus agreed to pay nearly 4 billions euros to settle bribery charges. Theories developed by criminology researchers explain how the firm was able to operate so long with such impunity.
Until recently, paying a bribe or kickback to secure a contract abroad was seen as the cost of doing business in a foreign land. The SNC-Lavalin case has underscored the need to rethink the approach.
In a return to realism, geopolitical headwinds challenge the US-led campaign against international corporate corruption.
The corporate world must embrace human rights as a fundamental business priority.