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
*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%|
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.