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December 2012

The Bribery Aisle: How Wal-Mart Used Payoffs to Get Its Way in Mexico

Dec 17, 2012
Walmart Supercenter, Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico

The Times’s examination reveals that Wal-Mart de Mexico was not the reluctant victim of a corrupt culture that insisted on bribes as the cost of doing business. Nor did it pay bribes merely to speed up routine approvals. Rather, Wal-Mart de Mexico was an aggressive and creative corrupter, offering large payoffs to get what the law otherwise prohibited.

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