Transparency International yesterday released its 2011 Bribe Payers Index. It’s the fifth version of the index and the first update since 2008.
It ranks 28 of the world’s largest economies, TI said, ‘according to the perceived likelihood of companies from these countries to pay bribes abroad.’
The report is based on a survey of business executives. The countries ranked, TI said, cover all regions of the world and represent almost 80 percent of the total world outflow of goods, services, and investments.
It includes perceptions of public bribery and for the first time private ('business to business') bribery.
The top-ranked countries are the Netherlands and Switzerland, tied in first place. Belgium, Germany, and Japan round out the top five.
Companies from the BRIC economies are led by Brazil at 14. Russia ranked last overall at 28, India at 19, and China at 27.
The UAE, Indonesia, and Mexico complete the bottom five spots.
TI’s 2011 bribe payers index is here.