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CORRUP$ION: Perception vs. Reality---TI's
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 byTransparency Internationalfinds
the problem remains widespread. The
group's Huguette Labelle says a majority of countries havea 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
- Malacañang has welcomed the latest results of the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index (CPI), which showed
an improvement in the country's anti-corruption drive, although the country's ranking still remains low.
A list of the
world's most corrupt countries released by Transparency International on Dec. 5 includes some of the past decade's fastest
growing markets. Corruption may not be enough to derail growth or scare away investors, but that doesn't mean it won't...
. Gov't to
push reforms vs. corruption. THE GOVERNMENT will continue to push good governance reforms in its fight against corruption
to make the country a viable investment destination, a Cabinet official said on...
and development need social stability and the rule of law, so that people and entrepreneurs feel that it is safe to invest
and seize opportunities to improve their living standards and that of their families. Corruption — in any form —
launched Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index has indicated that corruption is on the rise in Zimbabwe,
a revelation that flies in the face of the Anti-Corruption Commission. 07.12.1202:56pm Tweet Share. by Staff Reporter...
was ranked 94th out of 176 countries in Transparency International's 2012 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) released on 5
December2012. In 2011, India was ranked 95 out of 183 countries. Denmark, Switzerland
and Finland topped the index with a...
outcry over corrupt governments forced several leaders from office last year, but as the dust has cleared it has become apparent
that the levels of bribery, abuse of power and secret dealings are still very high in many countries. Transparency...
It is again time
to announce year end results. There are two good news for Malaysians. One of the good news is, the country has jumped seven
places to the 71st spot out of 144 countries in the Economic Freedom for the World: 2012 Annual Report and...
(Dec 7, 2012): The improvement achieved by Malaysia in the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) this year will further boost
investor confidence in Malaysia, among foreign and domestic investors, International Trade and Industry Minister...
ON top of the
litany of woes that have befallen Greece, comes the news that the eurozone's weakest link is also its most corrupt. From holding
80th place in the 176 countries on Transparency International's corruption perceptions index in 2011, Greece's...
Dec 6 (Bernama) -- Malaysia will continue to fight corruption and improve its standing in the Corruption Perception Index
(CPI), said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. The Prime Minister in his latest tweet tonight said: "Malaysia moved up another...
universal, and there is no country that is free of it. However, there are wide variations across the world and the release
of the Global Report, 2012, by Transparency International (TI) confirms that in one thing at least Pakistan remains consistent...
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 7 (Bernama) -- Transparency
International's Corruption Perception Index (CPI) results released yesterday ranked Malaysia at
the 54th place out of 176 nations surveyed. Malaysia's global ranking has improved compared to last year,...
Interna-tional, the leading international watchdog fighting corruption worldwide, has released its 18th annual Corruption
Perceptions Index for 2012, ranking Pakistan on the 139th position amongst 176 countries. The CPI, which is a combination...
perception, Pakistan today is more corrupt than it was last year and perhaps ever before, and in that it has come to reside
in the company of most corrupt of the international community. Not that we are unaware of the 'regress' in that direction;
public sector as slightly less corrupt than in 2011, but Israel continues to fall behind relative to other countries. chart
Photo: Screenshot. Israelis increasingly perceive their public sector as corrupt relative to other countries, according to
A day after Russia
once again ranked within the bottom third of Transparency International's corruption index, Prosecutor General Yury Chaika
said the battle against corruption remained a top priority. "Fighting corruption is one of the main priorities of state...
A jump of
24 percent is a notable improvement. For the administration of daang matuwid or straight path, however, ranking 105th among
176 countries – up from 129th place – in the latest Corruption Perception Index is still not much to crow about.
The 2012 Transparency
International Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), published yesterday, finds Afghanistan at absolute rock bottom, sharing
this dismal place with North Korea and Somalia. Despite the flow to Afghanistan over the last decade of...
countries worst hit by the European financial crisis are also perceived as being among the most corrupt in Western Europe,
and those perceptions appear to be getting increasingly negative, an international watchdog said in a report released Wednesday.
say that corruption continues to go unbridled and unchecked in Pakistan as Transparency International has ranked Pakistan
the 33rd most corrupt country in the world. Pakistan has gone from being the 42nd most corrupt country in the world in 2011...
Anti-Corruption Day is marked on 9 December, yet Egypt does not have much to show for itself this year. Soon after the 25
January Revolution, everybody thought things would change: no more bribes to facilitate one's business or get oneself off...
· News · National. Israel ranks 39 on world corruption index. Transparency International's corruption perception index shows
corruption isn't improving around the world, it's getting worse. By DPA | Dec.05, 2012 | 9:57 AM | 10. Tweet. Garbage piling
International, a global anti-corruption watchdog, has listed Nepal among the most corrupt countries in the world. Nepal ranked
139th out of 174 countries with a score of 27 on its Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). A country with a score of zero...
JAYA (Dec 6, 2012): The government will continue to push for reforms and fight corruption even as the nation's ranking in
the global Corruption Perception Index (CPI) has improved, albeit slightly. The initiatives that will be implemented to tackle...
- Frank Vogl, who co-founded the anti-corruption group Transparency International (TI) in 1993, believes campaigners have
reached base camp in their fight to end the abuse of public office for private gain. TI has offices in more than 100...
Dec 6 (Bernama) -- Malaysia's improved ranking on the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) to 54th spot this year from 60th last
year indicates all efforts and reforms by the government were effective. Association of Certified Fraud Examiners,...
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receives score of 60 in perceived level of public sector corruption Photo: Avigail Uzi. Israel ranks 39th in corruption index.
Jewish state down three places from 2011, nine places from 2010 in Corruption Perceptions Index.
International has reportedly listed Botswana as the least corrupt country in Africa with improved international ranking and
score. According to Gabzfm news, the annual Corruption Perception Index that was released by Transparency...
The WJP Rule of Law Index® is an innovative quantitative assessment tool
designed by the World Justice Project offering a detailed and comprehensive picture of the extent to which countries adhere
to the rule of law in practice. It provides original data regarding a variety of dimensions of the rule of law, enabling the
assessment of a nation’s adherence to the rule of law in practice, identify a nation’s strengths and weaknesses
in comparison to similarly situated countries, and track changes over time. (The following video of the launch of the Index
is 1 hour and 44 minutes)
Reports of fraud by corporate employees have continued
their ceaseless rise so far this year, according to the Quarterly Corporate Fraud Index. The current drivers are increasing
awareness of fraud, mandated whistle-blower protections, and changing company cultures. The index measures reported frauds
as a percentage of all compliance-related reports. Most recently, for the second quarter of 2012, that ratio climbed to 22.9%,
up from 21.7% for the same quarter in 2011. “This index essentially has been going up since the day we started tracking
it [in 2005]”...
Ramped up enforcement of laws like the U.S. Foreign
Corrupt Practices Act and the U.K. Bribery Act have caught the attention of boards of directors. According to a new survey, one third of board members at public companies
cite corruption and bribery as the greatest fraud risk facing their company. The survey also found that directors are acutely aware of that risk when it comes to their
dealings with officials of foreign governments. More than two thirds of the directors surveyed said their companies do business
abroad, of those 57% said they interact with foreign officials and 32% believe risks related to bribery of those officials
have increased over the past two years.
With less than two months to go before the U.S. presidential
election, a new survey found 61 percent of Americans say a candidate's commitment to rooting out corporate wrongdoing will
be key in deciding who gets their vote...
"Americans are mad as hell about corporate wrongdoing and are
going to do something about it in the November elections and beyond," said Jordan Thomas, a partner at law firm Labaton Sucharow,
which commissioned the survey...
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.
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.
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...85percent
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).
BIGGEST PUBLIC COMPANIES REPORT MOST ON CODES OF CONDUCT, LEAST ON PAYMENTS TO GOVERNMENTS
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
InBev 2.9 Google 2.9 Canon 3.0 Commonwealth Bank
(Australia) 3.1 Bank of America
3.2 Apple 3.2
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.
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
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.
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
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