Rationality and Corruption: What Behavioral Economics Knows and What Most of us Miss.

Rationality and Corruption: What Behavioral Economics Knows and What Most of us Miss.

Do you make decisions with your brain or with your heart? Or none of them? Or both of them? Do not rush with an answer; it is not as straightforward as it might seem at a first glance. The cornerstone of economics is an assertion that people’s behavior is been impacted by incentives. People are not good or bad - people are people and they respond to incentives. Therefore, creating appropriate incentives is of the paramount importance. There is often a vast gulf between how people say they behave and how they actually behave.   

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A Q&A for Figuring Out: What is the Difference Between a Gift and a Bribe Under Ukrainian Law

A Q&A for Figuring Out: What is the Difference Between a Gift and a Bribe Under Ukrainian Law

Gift or bribe: where is the borderline?

A gift means any item (e.g., money, consumer electronics) or intangible assets (e.g., services, discounts) the one provides free of charge or below market value. In our politics, there were cases when a discount for buying an apartment was considered a gift.

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Transparency and compliance: a fad or a business need?

Transparency and compliance: a fad or a business need?

The demand of the Ukrainian business for integrity has been growing for several consecutive years, with the perception of compliance gradually changing – from a bureaucratic function to a full-scale driver of change, in processes and approaches.

Over the last year, the number of fraud and corruption incidents in the world has significantly increased. The Kroll Global Fraud Report-2019 cites 84% of CEOs having been exposed to at least one fraud incident during the last year. Such incidents significantly affected employee safety (82%), revenue or business continuity processes (78%), reputation (65%), and government relations (65%) of the surveyed companies. Simultaneously, Kroll commends the improvements in the efforts of governments and companies in identifying and resolving such issues…

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Job: Compliance Manager (Anti Corruption, Antitrust & Data Protection) at ABInBev Efes Ukraine

Job: Compliance Manager (Anti Corruption, Antitrust & Data Protection) at ABInBev Efes Ukraine

Main Accountabilities:

  • Day to day responsibility for managing and effectively rolling out the Compliance Program in UA (Touch Point Vendors management, Trainings, Global gift Policy Management, Competition and Data Privacy compliance program, Compliance champions, license/permits/greenfields committees, Compliance programs and projects development and implementation).

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Vimpelcom – 795 mio USD, Telia - 965 mio USD, and now MTS - 850 mio USD. Why should we care in Ukraine?

Vimpelcom – 795 mio USD, Telia - 965 mio USD, and now MTS - 850 mio USD. Why should we care in Ukraine?

In March 2019, US DoJ and SEC announced that “MTS (Mobile TeleSystems), the largest mobile telecommunications company in Russia, and its wholly owned Uzbek subsidiary, have entered into resolutions with the DoJ and SEC and agreed to pay a combined total penalty of $850 million to resolve charges arising out of a scheme to pay bribes in Uzbekistan.” Actually, I predicted that MTS might be in trouble in my post on VimpelCom case back in 2016. Since 2015, MTS Ukraine, a subsidiary of leading Russian mobile service provider MTS is operating under the brand of Britain's Vodafone.

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From the Illegal to Legal Enrichment Through Decision of the Constitutional Court, Part II/II

From the Illegal to Legal Enrichment Through Decision of the Constitutional Court, Part II/II

Unfortunately, human positivist laws have the nature of multiple interpretations, if contrasted to clear physical /natural laws.  For example, if a human falls out of the tenth floor in a multistory building, then the consequence would be a fatality for the fallen person.  The living human will become a dead one and would be buried under the existing traditions in the respective area.  Even if the Constitutional Court of Ukraine admitted the gravity of victimized body as unconstitutional and that its gravity ceases to exist after the official publication of such decision, the dead cannot be resurrected.

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From the Illegal to Legal Enrichment Through Decision of the Constitutional Court, Part I/II

From the Illegal to Legal Enrichment  Through Decision of the Constitutional Court, Part I/II

Recently, Jonathan Sumption, the ex-judge of the Supreme Court in Great Britain (his nickname is “The Brain of Britain”), in his interview with the British magazine for lawyers “Counsel Magazine”, referring to future lawyers, said: "Do not read the law if you intend to practice it and you can afford a slightly longer path to qualification. Discover the culture first, if you can, and history. " That is, in the words of this respected lawyer, before learning the law and laws it would be worth learning the culture and history…

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Honesty and Corruption: What Social Psychology Knows and What Most of us Miss?

Honesty and Corruption: What Social Psychology Knows and What Most of us Miss?

In my previous post, I shared my views on contribution of culture towards promotion of compliance. Now I would like to elaborate on this topic further, and share with you the results of some social psychology theories and experiments together with my views on how it might contribute to promotion and development of ethics and compliance in our business and society.

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