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Unsupported expenses

Ethics business case study: You are the Finance Director of an organisation. You become concerned that the Chief Executive is making frequent overseas trips and charging the expense to the organisation.

The relevance of the destinations and the nature of the activities undertaken appear to have only partial relevance to your organisation’s activities.

You raise your concerns with the Chief Executive, who gives assurances that the nature and purpose of these trips is covered by an "understanding" with the organisation’s Chairman. This is not evidenced in writing, and no further justification for the expenses is forthcoming.