Mexico

5:51am

Tue May 1, 2012

2:37am

Tue May 1, 2012
Business

Siemens Changes Its Culture: No More Bribes

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 4:47 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Wal-Mart faces many questions after The New York Times reported that the company's expansion in Mexico involved systematic bribery. It is not, however, the first corporation to face this problem.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Years ago, Siemens - the giant German manufacturing firm - faced an even bigger scandal. Siemens is a little like General Electric. It seems to make everything everywhere, from security equipment to locomotives.

Read more
Tags: 

2:14pm

Wed April 25, 2012
Business

The Wal-Mart Dilemma: When Is A Payment A Bribe?

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 8:10 am

A shopper examines produce at a Wal-Mart store in Mexico City. Wal-Mart's expansion into Mexico has been a major success, but its business practices have raised new questions.
Daniel Aguilar Getty Images

Allegations that Wal-Mart officials in Mexico paid local authorities to speed up permits to build new stores could result in a trial and a huge financial penalty under a U.S. anti-corruption law. But legal experts who spoke to NPR have their doubts it will ever come to that.

Read more
Tags: 

2:49am

Wed April 25, 2012
Business

Are Bribes The Norm In Mexico's Business Culture?

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 6:42 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Wal-Mart's stock price has fallen sharply this week. That comes after The New York Times reported that the retailer's rapid growth in Mexico involved systematic bribery. Stock prices have also fallen for Wal-Mart's Mexico subsidiary Walmex.

This negative reaction came, even though financial journalist Eduardo Garcia in Mexico City, says bribery is a normal part of business in Mexico.

Was anybody in the business community in Mexico surprised to hear these allegations against Wal-Mart?

Read more
Tags: 

5:38am

Sun April 22, 2012
The Two-Way

Wasting Away: An Earth Day Look At Living Among Garbage

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 8:51 am

Afghan refugee Shafiq Mohammed, 9, and other children look for items of use on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, in December.
Muhammed Muheisen AP

This Earth Day, the Environmental Protection Agency is focusing on environmental justice, the "fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people" when it comes to environmental regulations and policies.

Read more

Pages