Many local companies have been embarrassed and their reputations are in tatters in the wake of details of state capture, first with leaked e-mails and now the Zondo commission of inquiry. Organisations cannot afford to lose face due to unethical employees. "Damaged reputations drive away stakeholders. There are multiple examples that attest to this. And those are the big players. Small businesses can be just as bad, using sophisticated means to conceal bribes to win contracts, tenders and appointments," said Jannie Rossouw, head of Sanlam Business Market. He has the following advice on how to ensure your organisation has some moral fibre: Do not bully smaller suppliers when negotiating; There are ways to reduce your tax bill, legitimately. Don't be tempted to find illegal ways to pay less tax; Creditors must be paid on time; Be fair when it comes to invoicing and billing for work done or products sold; Do not use pirated software; Treat your employees fairly; and Remember the warnin...

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