Last Updated Nov 2, 2011 1:41 PM EDT
To come up with the rankings, Transparency International asked 3,000 executives which country's firms that they dealt with engage in bribery. Companies from the following countries were the least likely to offer bribes to secure foreign contracts, according to the report, though no country was said to be completely clean:
- The Netherlands
BRICs and Bribes
The results were no shock to readers of the BBC from China and Russia who weighed in online, with Chinese readers saying "sounds about right" and "corruption and bribe-paying happens not only in the commercial field but in almost all parts of social life here," and one Russian commentator noting that, "if you want your child to attend a kindergarten or go to a good school or enter any university, a Russian person has no other way but to bribe." One resident of India, which was most improved coming in seventh from the bottom this year, seemed surprised his country's firms weren't rated worse.
He may have been among the few who were shocked by the findings -- the fact that developing countries engage in more corruption than developed ones is hardly going to startle anyone, but as the Financial Times notes, the relatively bribe-happy ways of two of the BRIC countries are "concerning, considering their increasing importance to the global economy."
In light of the report, the Guardian isn't very optimistic about reducing corruption any time soon either. The paper's Datablog notes that, "eight years after the high-profile adoption of the UN convention against corruption, observers say there has been little real progress."
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