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This blog was originally published on the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics’ (SCCE) “Compliance & Ethics Blog”.
I was fortunate last week. While exhibiting at Transparency International’s International Anti-Corruption Conference in Panama City, Stephanie Gallagher and I were able to visit the Panama Canal. May Jane Coulson, the Canal’s ethics officer, whom I interviewed for the SCCE magazine about a year ago, made it all happen.
As every school child learns, it is a masterpiece of engineering, and seeing it up close reinforces the impression. What few learn (or I forgot) was that the genius started before the engineering really began. And, as I learned on my visit, the US succeeded in building it not just because of better technology and engineers. It was because the Americans grasped that one scientific accomplishment had to be completed first to help increase the likelihood of success: they needed to figure out a way to stop tropical diseases from killing thousands of workers. Read More...