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CORRUP$ION: Perception vs. Reality---TI's 2012 Index
 

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Corruption Remains Widespread Global Problem

Anger over corruption has sparked mass demonstrations and even toppled governments in the past few years.  But a global study published Wednesday by Transparency International finds the problem remains widespread. The group's Huguette Labelle says a majority of countries have a serious corruption problem. “This translates into human suffering, with poor families being extorted to pay bribes to see doctors or get access to clean drinking water,"

 

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Latin America: Region one of worst for corruption - Despite economic strides, two-thirds of Latin America averaged in the bottom half of the 2012 Transparency International corruption rankings. Countries like Brazil, however, offer some hope.

Best, worst nations for corruption: While China has become the world's second largest economy, doing business in China is now perceived to be more corrupt, according to Transparency International

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Greece can root out corruption - just like Hong Kong did: A strong anti-corruption body helped turn Hong Kong around. Now it rides high in an index that embarrasses Greece

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CLICK HERE to go to the Transparency International 2012 Corruption Perception Index

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Israel ranks 39th in corruption index

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Quarterly Corporate Fraud Index second quarter findings

Majority of Americans to Factor a Candidate's Commitment to Root Out Corporate Wrongdoing into Voting Decision, According to Labaton Sucharow Survey Respondents Have Firsthand Knowledge of Corporate Wrongdoing and Believe the Government Has Not Done Enough to Stop it

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61 percent report that a candidate's commitment to rooting out corporate wrongdoing will be a significant factor in their voting decision in November.  Particularly telling, 77 percent of Americans believe politicians generally favor corporate interests over their constituents' interests and 81 percent do not believe the government has done enough to stop corporate wrongdoing.  The data also revealed 54 percent of Americans have personally observed or have first-hand knowledge of wrongdoing in the workplace and 64 percent believe that corporate misconduct was a significant factor in bringing about the current economic crisis...
18 percent of Americans polled felt that their employers' ethical values took a back seat to bottom line profits. With respect to acting on reports of misconduct, 24 percent of Americans would fear retaliation if they reported wrongdoing in the workplace and 20 percent believe that a report of wrongdoing would not be appropriately handled by their employer.  

TI REPORT: Foreign Bribery Enforcement Largely Limited to West

Enforcement of laws prohibiting bribes to foreign officials is almost exclusively isolated to the U.S. and Western Europe, a new report found. Of the top seven countries that actively enforce foreign bribery laws, all are located in the West...The U.S. was by far the most active enforcer with 275 cases completed as of 2011, and 113 investigations underway. The rest of the top seven was rounded out (not in order) by: Germany, U.K., Italy, Switzerland, Norway and Denmark... the total number of cases that have been prosecuted since the convention was passed  jumped from 564 in 2010 to 707 in 2011...more than 250 individuals and almost 100 companies were sanctioned as a result of foreign bribery-related cases by the end of 2011. So far, 66 people have gone to jail in those countries for bribing overseas officials in business deals.

 

GALLUP: Americans Want Next President to Prioritize Jobs, CORRUP$ION

Creating good jobs, reducing corruption in the federal government, and reducing the federal budget deficit score highest when Americans rate 12 issues as priorities for the next president to address.
Next, how important a priority should each of the following issues be for the next president -- extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not that important. How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]? July 2012 results

Poll: Corrup$ion is No. 2 issue for 2013

Combating Corporate Corruption Risk in Latin America: 2012 Latin America Corruption Survey

A new survey of corporations throughout the region reports an increase in the adoption of compliance measures and greater awareness of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act—while also illustrating the persistent sentiment that effective laws and enforcement are wanting...
The survey respondents clearly identified how corruption impacts their companies: 44 percent agreed that corruption presents a “significant obstacle to doing business”—down from 48 percent who thought that way in 2008, the last time the survey was administered. Overall, 51 percent of respondents believe “they have lost business to competitors that have made illicit payments,” while 72 percent say the anticorruption laws in their country are not effective...85 percent of respondents said their company’s management “has taken steps to protect the organization from corruption risk”—up from 77 percent of respondents in 2008.

The top measures that are being implemented by management, according to respondents, are: anticorruption policy (81 percent); procedures for gifts, travel, and entertainment for officials (nearly 70 percent); procedures for charitable and community donations (62.6 percent); and anticorruption training (61 percent).

Click here to read full Latin American survey (PDF, 22 pp.)

TI STUDY FINDS THE WORLD'S BIGGEST COMPANIES NEED TO BE A LOT MORE TRANSPARENT

105 BIGGEST PUBLIC COMPANIES REPORT MOST ON CODES OF CONDUCT, LEAST ON PAYMENTS TO GOVERNMENTS

The world’s largest publicly-traded companies are reporting more than in the past about their anti-corruption programmes but still need to do a lot more to increase transparency in reporting on their operations, according to a new study by anti-corruption group Transparency International.

Transparency in Corporate Reporting: Assessing the World’s Largest Companies scored 105 of the top publicly-traded companies based on their public commitment to transparency.

“Multinational corporations can and must play a significant role in the global fight against corruption. As the world continues to recover from the deep economic pain of 2008, the leadership at more companies must commit to stopping corruption,” said Transparency International’s Chair, Huguette Labelle.

Company scores ranged from 0 to 10, where 0 is the least transparent and 10 is the most transparent, and were based on public availability of information about anti-corruption systems, transparency in reporting on how they structure themselves and the amount of financial information they provide for each country they operate in.

Overall, companies showed improvement in their reporting on their commitments to anti-corruption programmes, as compared to a Transparency International study of the same companies from 2008.

Norway’s Statoil, the highest scoring company, scored 8.3. Statoil discloses significant information about its anti-corruption programmes, subsidiaries, taxes and profits across its 37 countries of operations.

Still, the study found that reporting by banks and insurers on transparency measures underperformed across the board even though opaque company structures played a contributing role in the recent financial crises and in spite of a significant focus on fixing the lack of transparency in this sector. The 24 financial companies included in the report scored an average of 4.2.

“If country-level financial information is not adequately disclosed, it is difficult to know how operations in many developing countries contribute to local governments. Experience has shown that the requirement to report encourages companies to build strong management systems supporting disclosures, and in the process improving their anti-corruption systems,” said Jermyn Brooks, Chair of Transparency International’s Business Advisory Board.

A lack of transparency makes it harder to identify where companies earn profits, pay taxes, or contribute to political campaigns. The study shows, for example, that about half of the companies evaluated do not disclose information about political contributions.

“The multinational companies remain an important part of the problem of corruption around the world. The time has come for them to be co-leading the solutions. For this they need to dramatically improve,” said Cobus de Swardt, Managing Director of Transparency International.

Transparency International calls on companies to fight corruption by disclosing more information about how they mitigate corruption and by making public how they are organised and how monies flow in the countries in which they operate. Only with this level of information can citizens the world over know how much money flows into public budgets, a key issue of accountability for governments everywhere.

Governments and regulators should make transparency obligatory for all companies seeking export subsidies or competing for public contracts. Investors should demand greater transparency in corporate reporting to ensure both ethical, sustainable business growth as well as sound risk management. (From TI Press Release)

15 LOWEST RANKED COMPANIES:
Bank of China 1.1
Bank of Communications (China) 1.7
Honda Motor 1.9
China Construction Bank 1.9
Berkshire Hathaway 2.4
Nippon Telegraph & Telephone 2.6
Amazon.com 2.8
Gazprom, OAO 2.8
Toyota Motor 2.8
Anheuser-Busch InBev 2.9
Google 2.9
Canon 3.0
Commonwealth Bank (Australia) 3.1
Bank of America 3.2
Apple 3.2

Financial Services Professionals Feel Unethical Behavior May Be a Necessary Evil and Have Knowledge of Workplace Misconduct, According to Survey

According to the survey, 24 percent of respondents reported a belief that financial services professionals may need to engage in unethical or illegal conduct in order to be successful, while 26 percent of respondents indicated that they had observed or had firsthand knowledge of wrongdoing in the workplace.  Particularly troubling, 16 percent of respondents reported that they would commit a crime—insider trading—if they could get away with it... 
The survey also revealed the following: 
  • 39 percent of respondents reported that their competitors are likely to have engaged in illegal or unethical activity in order to be successful; 
  • 30 percent of respondents reported their compensation or bonus plan created pressure to compromise ethical standards or violate the law, while 23 percent of respondents reported other pressures that may lead to unethical or illegal conduct; and 
  • 30 percent of respondents feel that the SEC/SFO effectively deters, investigates and prosecutes misconduct—despite the new leadership, record enforcement actions and new reforms; 29 percent of respondents feel the same way about FINRA/FSA.
  • One in five of the professionals surveyed weren't sure of, or had serious doubts about, how their employers would handle a report of wrongdoing.

The full survey (PDF, 7 pp.) is at: http://labaton.com/en/about/press/upload/US-UK-Financial-Services-Industry-Survey.pdf

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SURVEY: More Finance Chiefs Willing To Pay Bribes

Fifteen percent of chief financial officers around the world are willing to make cash payments to win or retain business, according to a survey of executives interviewed by the accounting firm Ernst & Young LLP.

The firm’s annual “global fraud survey” of 400 finance chiefs, interviewed from November to February, found a greater tolerance of bribery compared with the previous year, when 9 percent said they would make cash payments. Five percent of CFOs said they would misstate financial performance, while 3 percent said that the year before, according to the survey.

Bribery and corruption are widespread

Bribery and corruption are widespread

Q: For each of the following, can you tell me whether you think it applies, or does not apply, to your country/industry, or whether you don’t know?

Base: All respondents (1,758)

The “Don’t know” and “Refused” percentages have been omitted to allow better comparison between the responses given. China results include Hong Kong.

Selected country results are contrasted with global results to the left for illustrative purposes.

Click here to read E&Y Survey on Line

Click here to download full E&Y Survey

Download Global Fraud Survey: a place for integrity as a printable document
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FCPA Digest: Recent Trends and Patterns in the Enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by Shearman & Sterling, LLP. (PDF, 29 pp.)

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Corruption risk set to rise for Australian firms

Deloite's  inaugural Bribery and Corruption Australia and New Zealand survey highlighted that exposure to bribery and corruption was on the rise and that several organisations either did not recognise the risks, or were not addressing them.

Corporate Fraud Data Base of significant corporate fraud prosecutions: 124 corporate fraud investigations, resulting in 440 indicted defendants...contains information about when and where these cases were brought, the lawyers on both sides, and how the cases turned out...a historic portrait of corporate fraud prosecution in the post-Enron age.

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Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Enforcement Actions by the Department of Justice, 1977 - 2012

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SPECIAL FEATURE

INVESTIGATIONS QUARTERLY: Keeping a Razor Sharp Perspective on the Regulatory Landscape (PDF,16 PP.)

Read especially: If You Think You’re Done Looking…Keep Looking Investigating financial statement fraud
  • Every fraud has to be hidden
    somewhere on a company’s books.
    Most financial statement frauds start
    small but eventually grow in size,
    scope and duration.
  • According to confessed fraudsters,
    committing the initial fraud is easy; the
    hard part is concealing and ending it.
  • When performing a fraud investigation
    or a post-mortem on a financial
    statement fraud in a litigation context,
    it is important to focus on the area
    where the fraud was directed but also
    on seemingly unrelated areas

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CRIMINAL MINDS: What we can learn from the way thieves think

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