When in doubt

19 July 2007

This week SM’s adviser panel was asked for help from a reader about one of his staff…

A buyer in my team is extremely protective of one of his suppliers to the point that questions are being asked about “dodgy dealings”. There is no evidence of corruption and he is always very professional. How should I proceed?

Experts replied:

-Ensure you have a robust system of internal controls, such as fit-for-purpose processes and aligned expectations.

-Publicise the company’s tough stance on corruption.

-Review the allocation of buyers to suppliers regularly.

What do you think?

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