Hong Kong Business Ethics Development Centre Independent Commission Against Corruption "Starting-Up Right!" Tips for achieving Business Excellence
A start-up owner who is applying for a business license for his company. The officer is very helpful in handling my license application.  Shall I send him some of my latest products to show my appreciation? It is Christmas time anyway.
Don't offer gifts to a public servant when you are having official dealing with him, even though you may just treat them as festive gifts.  Watch the " traffic lights " before you act.
Traffic Lights for dealing with public officials

 

Traffic Lights for dealing with public officials
Red Light: Never try to ...
  • offer advantage with the intention to influence his/her performance of official duties or keep him/her "sweet"
  • offer gifts without reasonable excuse while having dealing with the government department or public organisation
Yellow Light: Avoid offering ...
  • entertainment which might give rise to an actual, potential or perceived conflict of interests
  • business favours (e.g. discount, sample) exclusively for him/her
Green Light: Do the right things ...
  • follow proper procedures in obtaining public service
  • conduct business in a fair and proper manner


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"Starting-Up Right!"
Tips for achieving Business Excellence - Online Article Series

#1: Fund Seeking

#2: License Application

#3: Procurement

#4: Proprietary Information

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Last update date: 21 Sep 2018