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    Corruption and Forestry: Once gone, they cannot be brought back

    by Manoj Nadkarni, Programme Manager of Transparency International’s Forest Governance Integrity Programme, who highlights the irreversible damage that exploitation of forests by companies and governments can do

    Is the forest sector more or less corrupt compared to other sectors? This is a question I am regularly asked, and the recently published Bribe Payers Index answers this and puts forestry business transaction safely in the middle; better than construction or government procurement, but much worse than agriculture.

    Such indexing not withstanding, this is an interesting question in as much as it highlights how corruption ‘works’. Read more.

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    Bribe Payers Survey 2011: What is happening in defence?

    by Mark Pyman, Director of Transparency International’s Defence and Security Programme, who discusses contradicting research in the defence sector

    The new 2011 Bribe Payers Index (BPI) was published last week and throws up some interesting findings. Bribery seems to be prevalent in almost all sectors and there seems to be little improvements overall in controlling it since the last report in 2008.

    However, the arms and defence industry, which has historically been perceived as one of the most corrupt, is relatively better placed when compared over a ten-year period. Read more.

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    EU needs to pay attention to corruption on its own doorstep

    by Jana Mittermaier, Head of Transparency International Liaison Office to the EU, who argues that if European leaders are serious about fighting corruption, they need to pay closer attention to the behaviour of their companies

    If the events of the Arab Spring have an enduring lesson it is this: countries ignore the corrosive effects of corruption at their peril. Read more.

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    Mexico and the G20 presidency: stronger leadership and anticorruption effort needed

    by Eduardo Bohórquez and Deniz Devrim of Transparency International’s Mexican Chapter

    In the 2011 Bribe Payers Index (BPI), Mexico ranks on position 26 out of 28 countries with a score of 7.0 on a scale where 0 means Mexican companies always engage in bribery and 10 means they never engage in bribery when doing business abroad. These results come only shortly after the publication of the OECD report on the implementation of the anti-bribery convention in Mexico. Both – the BPI and the OECD report – reveal shortcomings in the enforcement of Mexico’s strategy to fight foreign bribery. Read more

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    Bridges to nowhere: How to improve transparency in the construction sector

    by Christiaan J. Poortman, Senior Advisor of Transparency International in the field of International Conventions and other initiatives

    Construction is a major driver of economic growth and development. Its global value is expected to reach $ 12 trillion per annum in 2020, or about 13 per cent of global GDP. But construction remains one of the most corrupt sectors according to the Bribe Payers Index. Read more

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    Bribe Payers Index 2011: When trade is anything but free

    As the G20 prepare to meet in Cannes, Transparency International’s new report serves as a timely reminder of some unwarranted consequences of trade and investment and the need for a global effort to stop corruption in all its forms. Deborah Hardoon, Senior Research Coordinator, discusses the global impact of the countries ranked in the 2011Bribe Payers Index.

    As trade and investment cross borders, bribery, illicit financial flows and stolen assets can too, unless there is a global effort to stop corruption in all its forms. Read more

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    Bribe Payers Index 2011: Why is Russia last?

    by Elena Panfilova, Board Member of Transparency International and Director of our Russian Chapter, who talks about Russia’s low score

    Russia finishes last in the Bribe Payers Index this year. Why do you think this is?

    Russia also finished last in the BPI published in 2008, and although the score rose from 5.9 to 6.1, there has been no real improvement in anti-corruption enforcement. Read more

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    When companies bribe other companies

    by David Hess, Professor of Law at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, for Transparency International’s 2009 Global Corruption Report.

    People typically think of bribery by companies as illicit payments to government officials to win public contracts or receive government services. This type of private-to-public bribery is just a small segment of the corruption risks that companies face along their entire value chain, however. Read more

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    When China goes shopping abroad

    by Deborah Brautigam, Professor of International Development at the American University, for Transparency International’s 2009 Global Corruption Report.

    Chinese businesses have gone global – in a big way. Multibillion-dollar investments by Chinese companies in Angola (oil), South Africa (banking) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (minerals) have made headlines, but these are just the tip of the iceberg. Forty nine Chinese contractors are listed among the world’s top 225 firms, carrying out major construction projects from Dubai to Timbuktu. Read more