More information about the survey

Transparency International carried out a survey of 3,000 businesspeople in 30 diverse countries around the world. The survey was conducted from May-July 2011 and asked businesspeople not just for their views on bribery and corruption, but also on what works to stop corruption in the private sector and what the business community can do to put corruption out of business.

We encourage you to have a look at the data and tell us what you think. Leave a comment below.

Notes on the questions

  • Question 1: Read a blog post discussing the results. You can also download a graphic showing the highlights from Question 1
  • Question 2: The five possible responses to the question on the persistence of corruption were: 'Corruption and bribery related crimes are not prosecuted', 'Businesses do not take the issue seriously enough', 'Unethical behaviour is widespread among public officials, 'Corruption is widely accepted as a fact of life', and 'None of these'. You can see the full results table in our blog post about Question 2, or download a graphic illustrating the main findings from this question.
  • Question 3: See a guest blog post about the business case for fighting corruption, and download our graphic about business responsibility.
  • Question 4: The survey sought yes/no responses on three related statements, two of which are shown in the interactive graphic for Question 4. The third statement was 'I would support my colleagues if they fought against corruption'. Country-by-country results on all three statements can be seen in the table in this blog post.
  • Question 5: Respondents could indicate whether their company had any or all of the six following measures in place: a code of ethics; an anti-corruption policy; regular staff training on anti-corruption; inclusion of corruption prevention in risk management strategy; measures in place to support potential whistleblowers; and a prohibition on facilitation payments. Facilitation payments are defined as small bribes made to secure or expedite the performance of a routine or necessary action to which the payers has legal or other entitlement. See the country-by-country responses for all six measures in this guest blog post, or download our graphic summarising the findings.
  • Question 6: Respondents were asked to rank five internal corporate measures on a scale of ineffective to effective in terms of preventing corruption; the measures were 'Collective business initiatives against corruption', 'Auditing', 'Due diligence on partners in the supply chain', 'Company anti-corruption policies', and 'Anti-corruption standards in the company's corporate social responsibility agenda'. You can see country-by-country results in the table in our blog post analysing this question's findings, or download a graphic focussed on the findings.
  • Question 7: Respondents were asked to rank six external measures on a scale of ineffective to effective in terms of preventing corruption; the measures were 'International conventions on bribery and corruption', 'National anti-bribery laws', 'Investigative journalism', 'Multi-stakeholder intiatives involving business, government and civil society', 'Due diligence, for example by business partners, governments and banks' and 'Inclusion of corruption risks in investors' valuation models'. Read our blog post about the power of investigative journalism as an anti-corruption tool, or download a graphic about the findings on investigative journalism.

For more details, download the methodology notes in an Excel file.

Tell us what you think of the survey

We've prepared a brief survey to help us learn about your use of the data and how we can enhance our business survey in the future. It takes two minutes, and can be reached by clicking here. We appreciate your feedback and responses!