Esteemed SPSM and one-time Dedicated Purchasing Student of the Month, Paul Salisbury, tipped me off to some breaking news on the procurement ethics front. According to an article in the San Jose Mercury News, Apple global supply manager, Paul Shin Devine, is due to appear in U.S. Northern District Court in San Jose at 1:30PM today.

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What was Devine’s offense?

According to the article, Devine is “accused of accepting more than $1 million in kickbacks from half a dozen Asian suppliers of iPhone and iPod accessories.” Allegedly, Devine obtained and transmitted some of Apple’s confidential information to those suppliers in exchange for money deposited into Devine’s personal bank accounts. The information shared allegedly enabled the suppliers to negotiate favorable contracts with Apple.

News like this equally disgusts and surprises me. It surprises me because the people who do this type of stuff always get caught. It appears that these people get so overcome with greed that they trick themselves into thinking they will never get caught. But they always do.

I hope that every procurement professional who reads my blog has strict ethical standards and would never accept money from suppliers. But if you have done so, I urge you to stop immediately. You will get caught. And I’m sure that the consequences will not be worth it.

You don’t want me to be blogging about your day in court, do you?

To Your Career,
Charles Dominick, SPSM
President & Chief Procurement Officer
Next Level Purchasing, Inc.
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Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3 is an internationally-recognized business expert, legendary procurement thought leader, award-winning entrepreneur, and provocative blogger. Charles founded the Next Level Purchasing Association in 2000, oversaw its incredible growth, and successfully led the organization to its acquisition by the Certitrek Group in 2016. He continues to blog and provide advisory services for the NLPA on a part-time basis as he incubates his upcoming business innovations. Charles is also the co-author of the wildly popular, groundbreaking book, "The Procurement Game Plan: Winning Strategies & Techniques For Supply Management Professionals."

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