Bribery & Corruption
We do not tolerate bribery and corruption  

We strive to operate with integrity in all we do and corrupt business practices violate that trust. Bribery and corruption cause great harm to communities in which we do business. We do not tolerate any form of bribery, kickback, payoff or corruption, facilitation payments, (sometimes referred to as grease payments) with government officials and non-government officials, including our business partners. A facilitation payment is typically made to government officials in order to speed up or secure routine government actions, and they are illegal under various laws.

U.S. laws prohibits the giving or offering to give any money or anything of value to a foreign government official for purposes of obtaining, retaining or directing business to Tyson.  We must also comply with applicable non-U.S. laws related to bribery and corruption.

Questions and Answers
Q: Who is considered a government official?
A: Any employee of the government, an agency of the government or government owned entity.  See Anti-Corruption Policy for more details and examples which includes the following:
  • Officials who are elected, for example, mayors and employees of state and federal offices, and candidates for office;
  • Officials who regulate and inspect our operations, for example, the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Labor;
  • Officials who work for government owned or managed institutions, for example, public schools and federal or state police.    
Q: Can I pay facilitating payments to expedite the process? I was informed I could hire a local company or consultant to help get all the necessary permits from a foreign government.  An advance payment has been requested to "help move the process along."  I have been told this is a common practice in this country.
A: No.  We are responsible for the actions of any third party working on our behalf, and facilitating payments are not allowed as a matter of company policy.  The request for an advance payment is a potential red flag; the comment to help move the process along is even more so.  Consult with the Law Department before proceeding. 

It’s critical for you to be aware that obtaining, or even attempting to obtain, a personal benefit or an unfair business advantage through an improper arrangement is prohibited. This arrangement could be with a customer, supplier, government official or another business partner and it not only violates our Core Values and policies, but could also be a serious violation of applicable anti-corruption laws. A few examples of these laws include:

  • United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act also known as the “FCPA.” The FCPA specifically prohibits the promise or payment (directly or indirectly) of money or anything of value to a foreign government official for purposes of obtaining, retaining, influencing or directing business. The FCPA applies to Tyson and its subsidiaries around the world.
  • United Kingdom’s Bribery Act also known as the “UK Bribery Act.” The UK Bribery Act expands on the FCPA provisions to prohibit commercial bribery and facilitating payments.

In addition to your efforts in avoiding these types of improper payments involving cash or cash equivalents, keep in mind offering any form of gift, benefit or item of hospitality may also be considered a bribe. If you are routinely involved in purchasing, sales, international business, or interacting with government officials then you are responsible for understanding the bribery and corruption content in our Code and relevant company policy.

Policy Reference: Anti-Corruption Policy, Anti-Corruption Handbook, Gifts & Hospitality Policy
Contact: Law Department

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