Marquis Los Cabos Offers “Green” WeddingsLos Cabos, Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineIn celebration of World Sea Turtle day, the 237-suite Marquis Los Cabos resort introduces a new Green Wedding Package that includes eco-friendly décor, organic food, local Baja wine selections, Green Turn Down service, and, most excitingly, the opportunity to assist in the release of baby sea turtles. Certified by the state-sponsored PROFEPA agency as a sea turtle watch and rescue site, Marquis Los Cabos protects five species of turtle eggs from laying in June and July to hatching in September and October, when members of the wedding party can participate in this ecotourism initiative.As part of the Green Wedding Package, the eco-conscious couple is provided with a bouquet of local and organic flowers for the bride, natural wedding decorations such as organic centerpieces, an environmentally-friendly bonfire, and Green Turn Down Service, which aims to exclude all environmentally harmful room elements. The wedding reception, three meals per day per person, unlimited international drinks from 11AM to 11PM, and all taxes and fees are also included in the package.As part of the Green Hotel Program, the Green Turn Down service at Marquis Los Cabos includes replacing plastic water bottles with glasses, the option of washing the linens and towels and separate organic and non-organic waste baskets. In addition to the Green Turn Down, Marquis implements other eco-friendly practices and recycling programs that reduce the resort’s water, gas, electricity, paper consumption, and waste, including using ecologically safe laundry products from Nopal.Featured in National Geographic Traveler’s “Hotels with a Heart,” the Marquis Los Cabos donates five percent of the hotel’s annual revenue for the staff’s education and healthcare in its Marquis University. Since 2003, the resort has helped on average 20 employees a year obtain primary schooling and bachelor degrees.www.marquisloscabos.com
Today our favorite statute, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, turns 40.During this 40th anniversary year, posts will be published regarding various aspects of the FCPA at 40. For posts already published, see here, here and here.If you have some unique and candid thoughts about the FCPA at 40, please consider submitting a guest post for publication consideration.President Jimmy Carter’s December 20, 1977 signing statement stated in full as follows.“I am pleased to sign into law S. 305, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 and the Domestic and Foreign Investment Improved Disclosure Act of 1977. During my campaign for the Presidency, I repeatedly stressed the need for tough legislation to prohibit corporate bribery. S. 305 provides that necessary sanction. I share Congress’s belief that bribery is ethically repugnant and competitively unnecessary. Corrupt practices between corporations and public officials overseas undermine the integrity and stability of governments and harm our relations with other countries. Recent revelations of widespread overseas bribery have eroded public confidence in our basic institutions.This law makes corrupt payments to foreign officials illegal under United States law. It requires publicly held corporations to keep accurate books and records and establish accounting controls to prevent the use of ‘off-the-books’ devices, which have been used to disguise corporate bribes in the past. The law also requires more extensive disclosure of ownership of stocks registered with the [SEC]. These efforts, however, can only be fully successful in combating bribery and extortion if other countries and business itself take comparable action. Therefore, I hope progress will continue in the United Nations toward the negotiation of a treaty on illicit payments. I am also encouraged by the International Chamber of Commerce’s new Code of Ethical Business Practices.”S. 305, of course, did not fall out of the sky onto President Carter’s desk 40 years ago today. Rather, S. 305 was the result of more than two years of Congressional investigation, deliberation, and consideration.If the FCPA is your area of practice or interest, you owe it to yourself to read the most extensive piece ever written about the FCPA’s history – “The Story of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.” If you prefer a narrated video tutorial, see here.The article and video weave together information and events scattered in the FCPA’s voluminous legislative record to tell the FCPA’s story through original voices of actual participants who shaped the law.Among other things, you will learn: (i) how the foreign corporate payments problem was discovered, specific events that prompted congressional concern, and the policy ramifications of those events which motivated Congress to act; (ii) how seeking new legislative remedies to the foreign corporate payments problem was far from a consensus view of the U.S. government and the divergent views as to a solution; (iii) the many difficult and complex issues Congress encountered in seeking a new legislative remedy; (iv) the two main competing legislative responses to the problem—a disclosure approach as to a broad category of payments and a criminalization approach as to a narrow category of payments, and why Congress opted for the later; and (v) how Congress learned of a variety of foreign corporate payments to a variety of recipients and for a variety of reasons, but how and why Congress intended and accepted in passing the FCPA to capture only a narrow category of such payments. Learn More & Register FCPA Institute – Boston (Oct. 3-4) A unique two-day learning experience ideal for a diverse group of professionals seeking to elevate their FCPA knowledge and practical skills through active learning. Learn more, spend less. CLE credit is available.