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The Case Centre (2020)
in "Case Focus - The Journal of Business & Management Teaching Cases, Middle East and Africa Edition"
9 pages
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This is part of a case series. RDRS Mining decides to make a major investment in the mining sector in Songhai (disguised company and country names). Their project director (head of country operations), unbeknownst to the CEO and CFO at corporate headquarters in Vancouver, enters into a web of bribery and corruption, in order to gain competitive advantage and clear regulatory hurdles. Bribes are paid to the President, Head of Natural Resources, the Auditor General, and Minister of Trade and Finance. When the CEO and CFO of RDRS Mining visit the country, they are shocked at the level and extent of corruption undertaken. The case ends with them reflecting on how they might avoid the full force of fines and jail sentences that could be levied against them by Canadian authorities for contravening the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act.

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The events covered by this item took place in 2015-2019.

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RDRS Mining
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  • Charles O'Toule (male), Chief Executive Officer
  • John Davos (male), Chief Financial Officer
  • Rami Salasco (male), Project Director
  • Paul Obi (male), President
  • Michael Tadao (male), Head of Natural Resources

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