BSB119 – GLOBAL BUSINESS
TUTORIAL 8: ETHICAL AND LEGAL
Due to the group assignment being due on Monday (9/5), we spent approximately 10 minutes out of the tutorial
time covering these questions.
1. In many countries it is customary to give gifts to business partners. Is giving a gift the same as bribery? (3
Bribery is a form of corruption which results where a gift or money is given which alters the behaviour of the
receiver. In many countries, bribery is against the law. However, what constitutes a bribe can differ from
culture to culture. In many countries, gift giving is seen as an important part of the relationship building
process. For example, in many Asian countries not giving a gift is a serious faux pas. In contrasts, in some
European countries giving a gift can be illegal under bribery laws.
There are some suggested ways in which to distinguish a bribe from a gift:
1) Is the gift offered or demanded? While a gift may be expected by a business partner, to demand one
would never be considered acceptable and the party asking for a gift is acting unethically and perhaps
2) Is the business conditional on the gift? Even if I am offering the gift, if said gift is offered provisionally
with some sort of defined quid pro quo, then it is a bribe.
3) Is the gift out of proportion with the relationship? A $20 clock with a company logo on it is not the same
as a weekend skiing in Vale in 5-star accommodations. The former is clearly a gift and the later is clearly
4) Is the gift cash? I can't think of a business situation where cash as a gift would be considered anything
Refer to lecture notes 6/7 with particular reference to the ‘notes’ section.
View the Lazybones case study on Blackboard and answer these questions.
2. Identify 2 key ethical considerations confronting Tracey prior to the move to Bali. (4 marks)
Company using outworkers
Eg. They way in which Nike employees sweatshop
Loss of jobs in Australia
Limited opportunities within the clothing, textile and footwear industry in Australia
Loss of reputation and loss of customers due to the niche market
Loss of brand, credibility within the market
Familiar with Bali market
Cheaper resources, legitimate way of producing, not breaking any laws
This is business is then lost to Australia
Has happened in Australia eg