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Gifts and Entertainment Compliance

Gifts and entertainment can be a challenging compliance area for organizations. While traditional wisdom holds that gifts and entertainment can help foster business relationships—and experience suggests that this can indeed be true—gifts and entertainment can also create inappropriate influences as well as compliance risks in a number of other areas, such as bribery of government officials, commercial bribery, violations of procurement and anti-kickback laws and regulations, and violations of the policies of third parties. This article will first discuss compliance and ethics policies and procedures in the area of gifts and entertainment, and then will provide an overview of a few of the more salient areas of law and regulation in this area, including laws and regulations governing dealings with government officials and commercial bribery.

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