Chiquita in Colombia

11 Pages Posted: 7 Apr 2010

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Andrew Wicks

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Jenny Mead

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Abstract

Should an international company operating in a violent nation pay a paramilitary group to keep its employees from harm? Executives at Chiquita Brands' Banadex subsidiary in Colombia faced a dilemma in 1997. Carlos Castano, the leader of the Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia, a paramilitary group, was demanding payment in return for not harming Banadex's employees or operations. The executives must weigh the various options including, among others, making the payments or shutting down operations. This case examines the history of Chiquita (formerly the United Fruit Company) in Colombia (and other South American countries), its interaction with the country's political and social structure, and the difficulties of doing business in one of the world's most violent countries.

Excerpt

UVA-E-0346

February 1, 2010

CHIQUITA IN COLOMBIA

Cuando sonó la trompeta, estuvo

todo preparado en la tierra,

y Jehova repartió el mundo

. . .

Keywords: ethics, business ethics, Colombia, Chiquita, United Fruit Company, international operations, bribery, agriculture, cross cultural, accountability

Suggested Citation

Wicks, Andrew and Mead, Jenny, Chiquita in Colombia. Darden Case No. UVA-E-0346. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1585600

Andrew Wicks (Contact Author)

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.darden.virginia.edu/faculty/wicks.htm

Jenny Mead

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States

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