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Transparency International is a non-profit, transnational non-governmental association, founded in Berlin in 1993. Its global purpose is to fight corruption. Its aim is to bring people together in a worldwide coalition of citizens, govts and businesses to stop the abuse of power, bribery and secret deals. TI’s legitimacy and authority derives from its symbiotic relationship with its chapters: they carry more weight in their own countries because they are part of a wider international movement.[1]

TI serves as the guardian and coordinator of the movement’s global research products, international surveys and indices, the annual Global Corruption Report and position papers. TI has played a significant role in lobbying govts to draft and sign the OECD Anti-bribery Convention (1997), the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC, 2003) and various regional conventions.

Government Lobbying: Open Access UK was launched in Aug.2020; a user-friendly, clickable, searchable interactive tool which provides an overview of lobby meetings with UK Gov't Ministers since 2012.

The Corruption Perceptions Index, first launched in 1995, has been widely credited with putting the issue of corruption on the international policy agenda. Every year, countries are scored on how corrupt their public sectors are seen to be. The Index sends a powerful message, and govts have been forced to take notice and act. website

Reporting Corruption: Transparency International does not take on specific cases or give advice to people who want to report corruption, bribery or fraud. Guidance can be found here: How To Report Corruption In the UK.

Corporate Political Engagement Index

Launched in Nov.2018, the CPEI is an index of 104 multi-national companies, many of whom regularly meet with govt. Nearly 75% fail to adequately disclose how they engage with politicians. Just one company - GlaxoSmithKline - received the highest grade; on average, companies were ranked "E".

Corporate political engagement is a legitimate activity. When done responsibly, it helps to shape the business environment and benefits the democratic process by providing expertise and ensuring that legitimate points of view are heard by public decision-makers. This can result in laws and regulations that are well-designed and in the public interest.
However, repeated political scandals and revelations of the unethical actions of lobbyists have led to high levels of public mistrust in the relationship between govt and "big business". Transparency in reporting demonstrates a company’s commitment to ethical conduct, and makes companies more accountable for their shortcomings. By reporting publicly on relevant policies, procedures and activities, companies not only mitigate risk, but also provide the necessary information to make them accountable to investors and the public. The 2018 report is here.

Overall Results

UK Anti-Corruption Pledge Tracker

The UK Anti-Corruption Pledge Tracker monitors the progress of commitments made by the govt at the 2016 Anti-Corruption Summit. The Summit saw leaders come together and make pledges that, if properly implemented, have real potential to reduce corruption across the world. But unlike other Summits, there was no formal mechanism for follow-up or monitoring to ensure that govts are kept accountable for the promises that they've made. To fill this gap, Transparency International UK will be monitoring the progress of 15 commitments made by the govt at the Anti-Corruption Summit.
As of Aug.31.2018, 53.3% were complete; 6.7% were under way; 6.7% were pending; and 33.3% were overdue. ref

Unmask the Corrupt

How UK Property Launders the Wealth of the Global Corrupt. Money from poorer countries, meant for building hospitals and schools, instead gets sent to offshore tax havens. It then passes through British "enablers", finally flooding the UK real estate market with £billions of laundered money – this has got to stop. Together, we can unmask the corrupt.
Sign the petition End Corrupt Money in UK Property, and share it on Twitter and Facebook.
Join us in calling on Sir Eric Pickles (UK Anti-Corruption Champion) to establish transparency over who owns the companies that own so much property in our country. Amidst the UK housing crisis, the public deserve to know who really owns Britain. Send Sir Eric a Tweet, post on his Facebook wall, or send him an email Transparency International UK, Mar.2015.

Members

UK Members: http://www.transparency.org.uk/get-involved/business-integrity-forum/list-of-members/

Reports

Funding

External Links

Related Organisations

  • Corruption Watch UK undertakes investigations into and exposes corruption and its impact on democracy, human rights and development, predominantly but not exclusively in the global arms trade.
  • Global Witness campaigns to end environmental and human rights abuses driven by corruption in the global political and economic system.

Articles

  • Oct.24.2019: Superyachts and private jets: spending of corrupt super-rich revealed. Groundbreaking analysis by Transparency International found more than £300bn of suspect funds funnelled through the UK banks, law firms and accountants. The report found 582 UK firms or individuals had helped rich people bring suspect funds into the country. The money was paid through some 17,000 shell companies, 1,455 of which were registered to at the same serviced office above a wine bar in Birmingham. “Businesses and government should redouble their efforts, through resource and will, to remove the helping hand for those who have abused positions of power and stolen from their people.” Rupert Neate, The Guardian.
  • Nov.26.2018: Disney, Huawei and EY among worst offenders in disclosing lobbying. Global index finds four in five companies have ‘poor standards’ of transparency. EY, Disney and Huawei are reported to be among the worst offenders. Transparency International ranked 104 multinational companies, finding that 4 in 5 firms had “poor standards” in disclosing lobbying activities. Only 1 of the 104 companies analysed, pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline achieved a top rating on the A to F scale for transparency of political engagement. None of the companies reported their global spending on lobbying in 2017. The report is highly critical of the “revolving door” between govt and business. Jasper Jolly, The Guardian.

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