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The Corruption Challenges Index
The Corruption Challenges Index is derived from a survey of around 20 due diligence experts from Risk Advisory’s six regional business intelligence teams, conducted in Q4 2016. The survey asked our analysts a series of questions about:
  • risk of corruption in each of their countries of expertise
  • demand for our due diligence services
  • availability of country-specific information to support effective evaluation of integrity risk
The survey assessed corruption risk and information opacity in 181 countries to arrive a ‘Corruption Challenge’ score, and a consequent ‘Most Challenging Jurisdiction’ ranking. The most challenging countries were those assessed to have a high threat of corruption, high exposure to corruption because of foreign investment levels and high levels of opacity around public information and business intelligence.

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Corruption Challenges Index


The Corruption Challenges Index ranks 181 countries using a number of measures, including:
  • the local threat of corruption
  • how exposed foreign investors are to corruption itself as well as to FCPA enforcement action
  • the availability of reliable information to conduct integrity due diligence and mitigate the risk of dealing with corrupt parties
The rankings reflect the expert judgement of Risk Advisory’s analysts and their experience of helping organisations investigate and do business in those markets.

Industry sectors are also ranked, with construction and development, infrastructure, oil and gas emerging as the most challenging from a corruption point of view.

Bill Waite, Group Chief Executive Officer of The Risk Advisory Group said,
“High levels of corruption risk need not preclude a market from a company’s expansion plans for 2017.  And indeed in certain industries the riskiest countries are often the most rewarding." 

To understand the unique corruption challenges of countries they are planning to invest in this year, businesses can access the map, analysis and our expert regional viewpoints via this portal.

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Corruption Challenges

China is the country where businesses face the most potent combination of corruption risk and difficulty in obtaining a clear picture of the local business environment, followed by Iraq and then Nigeria.

Companies can expect to encounter more corruption challenges in Asia and in Africa than in any other region – and least in Europe.  

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Top 5 corrupt industries

Top 10 most corrupt countries

Expert viewpoints