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‘When HR enables corruption – jobs as bribes’ is a quick read written by Ethicalways Director Penny Milner-Smyth for ‘The People Factor’, a publication of the SABPP (the South African HR professional board) but relevant to HR practitioners everywhere.


“In-house HR practitioners, in truth, are familiar with the pressure from others to favour candidates for reasons other than the best interests of the role itself. This pressure comes in many different forms, but generally involve the corruption tools of abuse of influence, possibly coupled with some degree of extortion (the threat of some form of harm befalling the resistant HR practitioner).”

“We facilitate corruption even if we are not bribed – but whenever we succumb to undue influence and allow our fair processes to be ‘corrupted’.”


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