Corruption, graft and bribery are worldwide problems, though any savvy businessperson knows that these issues vary widely based on geography. As corporations plan multinational strategies, they must learn the potential corruption pitfalls of each country in which they plan to do business. But how can companies learn which nations are the most corrupt?
Since 1995, the answer has been Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index. The 2013 edition was released on Dec. 3, and features a 100-point scale that was first used in 2012. This allows for year-to-year comparisons of countries, tracking their improvement – or lack thereof – in the area of corruption.