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Unit 6. Bribery and Business Ethics. By Li Hongmei. Learning outcomes. Key Words & Phrases Pre-reading Activities Background Information Text Structures Exercises Structured Writing. Key Words. bribery ethic ethics quick-witted. bribery.

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Bribery and business ethics

Unit 6

Bribery and Business Ethics

By Li Hongmei

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes

  • Key Words & Phrases

  • Pre-reading Activities

  • Background Information

  • Text Structures

  • Exercises

  • Structured Writing

Key words

Key Words

  • bribery

  • ethic

  • ethics

  • quick-witted



  • n. [U] the act of giving or taking bribes

  • He is appearing in court on charges of bribery and tax evasion.



  • n. [C] a general idea or belief that influences peoples behavior and attitudes

    The group may provide guidelines for behavior such as a professional ethic or a code of conduct.



  • n.(pl.) moral rules or principles of behavior

    The principles of good faith reflect professional ethics and general social morality.

Quick witted


  • a. able to think and understand things quickly

    Brady is quick-witted and articulate.

    A quick-witted neighbor heard the screams and called the police.

Key phrases

Key phrases

  • close a deal

  • speed up

  • hit upon/on

  • amount to

  • behave oneself

  • be caught in

  • be on the take

  • squarewith

  • on the increase

  • way of life

  • pay up

  • stand by

  • in practice

  • accuse sd. of sth.

  • in private

  • a fact of life

  • throw out

Pre reading questions

pre-reading questions

  • What is most important for the success of a business according to the speaker?

  • What helps promote business integrity according to the speaker?

  • Do you agree with the speaker that business integrity distinguishes the successful companies from the failed ones? Give your reasons

Us securities and exchange commission

Us Securities and Exchange Commission

an American government organization, whose mission is to protect investors and maintain the integrity of the securities markets.


International chamber of commerce

International Chamber of Commerce

The aim of the ICC, founded in 1919, is to serve world business by promoting trade and investment, open markets for goods and services, and the free flow of capital.


Text structure

Text structure

Bribery has become a common occurrence in many countries (Paras 1-4)





three main categories of bribery (Paras 5-8)

the efforts to ban bribery and the result (Paras 9-11)



In the process of creating the genetic map, these scientists realized that cooperation was more than an attractive option; it was a responsibility.

Bribery and business ethics

Their research findings were nothing leaa than a miracle. As a result of their findings, new light has been shed on the history of human genes.

Bribery and business ethics

In fact, only hard work in combination with proper methods will give you an advantage over others.

Bribery and business ethics

The judge said the punishment would serve as a warning to others.

Bribery and business ethics

The risk of the infection is confined to those who have close contact with the patients.

Bribery and business ethics

From such an analysis we are in a better position to understand what has happened and what to do about it.

Structured writing

structured writing

  • Topic

    Sticking to high moral standards is easier

    said than done

  • Examples

    • a young British sales manage selling cars

    • negotiations not going well

    • bribing the minister

    • inviting the minister to visit London

    • the deal approved

Bribery and business ethics

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