Quite so, bribery is wicked. What we need is for some companies to be big enough to lobby in Brussels so they can encourage over-regulation that will push small players out of the market altogether so the big companies don't need to bribe anyone any more because they have the field to themselves. Thank God the EU doesn't succumb to any sort of bad commercial practice.
OK, I know it's a 'yeah, but' sort of argument, and beneath my dignity, but it's a bit high-minded to say a bridge-seller can let that bit of business go in the name of anti-corruption when all of his business is done in countries with a flexible attitude.
Actually, the Mabey concept is unique ... there is nothing else like it. Thus, if these states want it, there is nowhere else to go. The company could walk away and its potential customers would come crawling back. By indulging in illegality, you perpetuate the system ... if you perpetuate the system, everybody loses out. It makes long-term economic sense to root out corruption. The company was taking a narrow, short-term view. Think how many customers it will now lose ... it is a major supplier to the US government, which will now think twice about dealing with this company. There is nothing high-minded here. Supporting corruption is long-term economic suicide.