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June 2001

Where are Corporate Ethics?

What is truth and what constitutes a lie changes from culture to culture. Languages like Russian, Japanese and Chinese, dozens of words exist for what we simply call “a lie”. Some lies are perfectly tolerated, others are justifiable under certain circumstances, while yet others breach morality. Today, we have another culture that provides a study material: the corporate one. As it turns out, lying as we once understood it is no longer offensive.