As the GSK “led” scandal subsides, and CCTV takes a knee to figure out which brand they should
skewer investigate next, brands have been huddling up to work out the “what ifs” should hey in fact find themselves in the cross hairs.
It is an interesting time as brands are starting to see the risks of doing business in a far different light, and over the last couple of weeks I have been involved with some interesting discussion about how the government has begun to align a number of their resources to make their process easier. Which was for many years the big gap.
Sadly though, even with this recognized change in capacity to investigate, and prosecute, there are still some executives. Who think he can deploy the same tools in response.
Two quotes (without attribution) from SENIOR executives of FOREIGN brands to highlight he point:
“The recent scandal involving our industry started with a Nike whistleblower, who was known to be unhappy. in my experience, the best way to handle that situation would have been to offer that person (and any other potential whistleblower) and overseas MBA experience”
“I understand that these issues are serious, but if “that” were to happen to “me”, my first objective would be to get me and my family on the first plane out of china”
Now, I realize that these quotes are out of context, but I would like to simply offer them up as a mindset that represents a way that executives view, and manage risk, in China. Particularly as both of these executives were foreigners from industries that are seeing increased pressure from scandal surrounding their products, pricing, and the mediums of distribution… and yet both of them clearly have yet to fully grasp the reality of their own situations.
The British former chief of GlaxoSmithKline’s operation in China has returned to the country to “help” police with bribery investigations but has been barred from leaving. [....]Mr Reilly left China in July, shortly before the Chinese police revealed the investigation and arrested four Chinese GSK executives
Which leads me to the article Thirty Glaxo Employees Under China House Arrest., and the general comment that regardless of whether or not one thinks they can simply get on a plane and escape the issues…. as the executive above believed.
Ultimately you cannot. As I am sure most readers understand this. The Chinese government has a number of tools that they will bring to their disposal before you make it to the airport, and even if you make it, they have a number of tools that they can leverage to bring you back…
So, go ahead.
Flaunt the law.
They dare you.. they DOUBLE dog dare you