All of the above and many others are aspects of corruption which is widespread in Moldova. So widespread that we’ve adopted a fatalistic attitude by thinking there is no way around it and the best we can do is join in the ‘game.’ However, it turns out it’s not the best choice after all and there is a great deal a firm can do fight graft. The special Anti-Corruption Report published by The Ethical Corporation Institute provides a whole series of arguments why a company – particularly a multinational based in a developed country – should have an effective compliance policy in place in order to minimize corruption risks. One of the strongest reason for your company to ‘get its act together” in this area is that the enforcement of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) has significantly escalated in recent years. UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is also keener on investigating and prosecuting its companies for overseas corruption. Another reason to become less tolerant toward corruption is that, perhaps, leading companies in your sector are already working on drafting and signing voluntary compliance agreements.
Last but not least, another reason – an ethical one – to stay clear of graft, particularly in a poor country like Moldova, is that, by resisting corruption at the company level, you are giving a chance to the host country's overall institutional framework to eventually improve as well.
If companies declare the constant demands of grasping officials an intolerable abuse of official power, it will be more difficult for a broader culture of corruption to flourish,writes Alexandra Wrage in “Bribes in disguise” in the same report.