Bribe Payers Index 2002

"The governments of the richest nations continue to fail to recognise the rampant undermining of fair global trade by bribe-paying multinational enterprises."

– Peter Eigen, Chair of Transparency International

The Transparency International Bribe Payers Index (BPI) 2002, published on 14 May 2002, is based on surveys conducted in 15 emerging market countries by Gallup International Association. The BPI 2002 was conducted in: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, the Philippines, Poland, Russia, South Africa, South Korea and Thailand, which are among the very largest such countries involved in trade and investment with multinational firms. The questions relate to the likelihood of companies from 21 leading exporting countries to pay bribes to senior public officials in the surveyed emerging market countries.

A total of 835 interviews were carried out between December 2001 and March 2002, principally with senior executives of domestic and foreign companies, but also with executives at chartered accountancies, binational chambers of commerce, national and foreign commercial banks, and commercial law firms. The survey questions related to perceptions about multinational firms from 21 countries.