Insights from a First-Hand Experience With International Bribery
Featuring Richard Bistrong (60 mins)
Most compliance officers and practitioners reside in a headquarters building, far from the front lines of international commerce where the realities of business pressures can collide with ethics and anti bribery compliance programs. Take advantage of this opportunity to hear from someone who has been there, and glean insights you can use to improve the effectiveness of your programs.
In this webcast, Insights from a First Hand Experience With International Bribery, Richard Bistrong, anti-bribery blogger and former FBI/UK cooperator gives a behind-the-scenes look at what happens on the front lines of international sales, where temptations to “get the deal done” and other psychological forces and rationalizations can compel employees to knowingly commit crimes.
- Interactive Q&A Session with Richard Bistrong.
- International bribery temptations & lessons learned the hard way.
- Learn to protect your organizations & employees from a similar fate.
- Insights to improve the effectiveness of your compliance programs.
Richard Bistrong, Anti-Bribery Consultant
Former FBI/UK Cooperator
Richard Bistrong spent much of his career as an international sales executive and currently blogs and consults on FCPA and anti-bribery compliance issues from that perspective. Mr. Bistrong was the Vice President of International Sales for a large, publicly traded manufacturer of police and military equipment, which included residing and working in the UK. Prior to that, he was the Executive Vice President (and founding family member) for one of the largest global manufacturers of bullet resistant armor for the police and military markets. In 2007, as part of a cooperation agreement with the United States Department of Justice and subsequent Immunity from Prosecution in the UK, Mr. Bistrong assisted the United States and other governments in their understanding of how FCPA violations occurred and operated in international sales. Mr. Bistrong’s cooperation, including covert cooperation, and as a cooperating witness, which covered five years, was one of the longest in US white-collar criminal investigations. In 2012, Mr. Bistrong was sentenced as part of his own Plea Agreement, and served fourteen-and-a-half months at a Federal Prison Camp.
Richard now blogs at www.richardbistrong.com about current FCPA and anti-bribery compliance issues, drawing from his own perspective to discuss trends and compliance challenges, especially as they might impact overseas business executives and groups. Richard consults with organizations via his consulting practice Front-Line Anti-Bribery LLC where he looks at organizational messages, including “unspoken messages,” as well as individual ethics as potential red-flags of corruption. He asks the question: Are individual and corporate ethics, strategy, compensation and behavior all aligning with the programs of anti-bribery compliance? Richard also delivers a very powerful and emotional message that bribery is a real world crime with real world consequences to those in the field.
Mr. Bistrong has a BA from the University of Rochester and an MA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, including studies at the Institute for European Studies in Vienna, Austria. He is a member of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics. Mr. Bistrong resides in the New York Metropolitan area with his wife and has two children.