Corporate team building fail

One of the questions you have to wonder for this story is how anyone could possibly think this was a good idea.

Britain’s Sun newspaper broke the news in early July about a video posted on Instagram—later deleted—that showed a bizarre exercise in apparent corporate team building organized by HSBC in Birmingham. Five people in black jumpsuits and balaclavas imitated ISIS militants and pretended to behead an Asian man. The “victim,” dressed in an orange jumpsuit, was shown kneeling while his fake executioner yells “Allahu Akbar!” (God is great) and pretends to use a coat hanger like a knife.

The real ISIS has distributed several grisly videos of Western journalists, aid workers and workers murdered either by beheading or other horrific forms of execution, like being set on fire.

3,800 km:

Distance between the search area for Malaysia Airlines’ Flight 370 and Reunion, where part of the plane was found

Source | Bloomberg

On its Twitter feed, the HSBC UK Press Office commented, “Once we saw this abhorrent video released by @TheSun we took the decision to sack the individuals involved. We apologize for any offence.
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Copyright 2015 Rogers Publishing Ltd. This article first appeared in the Fall 2015 edition of Corporate Risk Canada magazine

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