works for a large tradingcompany in Hong Kong. While visitingthe factory of a potential supplier,he expressed concern about whetherthe factory could meet the standardsneeded to produce his company’sproducts. Later, at dinner, the fac-tory manager gave Danny an envelope.Inside, Danny found a bribe amount-ing to tens of thousands of dollarsin cash—the equivalent of his annualsalary.
Some names in this series have been changed.
Danny’s experience is far from unique.Around the world, the scope and per-vasiveness of dishonesty is staggering.For example, court documents showthat between 2001 and 2007, a largeGerman industrial ﬁrm paid 1.4 billiondollars in bribes to obtain contracts.Although recent high-proﬁle corporatescandals have led to some reforms, theoverall situation appears to be worsen-ing. A 2010 study by Transparency Inter-national found that worldwide, “levelsof corruption have increased in the pastthreeyears.”Why is there so much dishonesty? Is itpractical to be honest? If so, how is itpossible? Can the Bible help us?