Well, the minister has asked that we make a sizable donation to a local charity in her area. It sounds like a good cause and might help our image. What do you think?
I see what you mean, Kevin. If she wasn't deliberately asking for a bribe then I'm sure she'll understand that a donation at this time could reflect badly on everyone.
The minister is a key decision maker about choosing our company, so we should decline. A donation could be viewed as an attempt to improperly influence.
Sounds like a win-win all around. We have plenty of cash left in the discretionary fund. Plus it would be a tax write-off.
We really need this contract, so lets do it. Would you mind making the donation from your personal account? I promise you'll get it back in next month's bonus.
Charitable contributions aren't always off the table. But in this case, making the donation could be seen as an attempt to bribe the minister in charge of the contract decision.