Maybe you are asked to stop poking deeper into payments that don’t make ‘business sense’, just as you are hoping that this investigation gains pace. ‘No risk, no fun’, you are told. You want it to be over and done with, so that everyone can move on.
The investigation will try and uncover whether the ‘real’ purpose of the payments was legitimate. To mention an example of a ‘legitimate cover’ used for corrupt payments: the bribes in one case were processed under the heading “product optimisation”.
In what way were the products “optimised” as a result of the payments? From the details published in this case we know that the payments to government officials delayed environmental legislation that would have outlawed the company’s products.