• 90% of the world’s wealth is owned by 10% of the population.
  • ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management Systems can help to prevent this.
  • You are either in the Corruption Loop or Quality Loop.

Take your choice?

May 16th 2002 from The Economist print edition

According to Transparency International, an anti-corruption organisation, Russian and Chinese companies are paying bribes in developing countries “on an exceptional and intolerable scale”. In rich countries, companies from Italy, America and Japan score poorly, despite their anti-bribery laws and conventions. American and British companies’ record, reckons Transparency International, has deteriorated since 1999.


Transparency International Bribe Payers Index

Bribery in business sectors – by size of bribe


Total sample 835

*The results reflect the percentage of respondents who mentioned the particular sector.

This question was not posed in the BPI 1999.

`Public works/ construction 46%
Arms and defence 38%
Oil and gas 21%
Banking and finance 15%
Real estate/property 11%
Pharmaceutical/medicare 10%
Power generation/transm. 10%
Telecoms 9%
IT 6%
Forestry 5%
Mining 5%
Transportation/storage 5%
Heavy manufacturing 4%
Agriculture 3%
Fishery 3%
Civilian aerospace 2%
Light manufacturing 1%

The uncorrupt

Oct 21st 2004 from The Economist print edition

Sixty of the world’s countries are plagued by rampant corruption, defined as a score of less than three on the annual index compiled by Transparency International, a non-governmental organisation. The index focuses on the misuse of public office for private gain. Countries are scored from zero to ten, with ten indicating the least corruption. Once again this year, Finland remains the least corrupt country in the world.