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How do the G20 members rank for graft?

The Group of 20 members represent around 85 per cent of the world’s gross domestic product, over 75 per cent of global trade, and two-thirds of the world’s population.

In 2010, the G20 formed an Anti-Corruption Working Group with an action plan. A monitoring report released a couple of years later showed progress but left room for plenty of improvement.

Where do G20 members rank today on the corruption perceptions index?

Here are the member countries — 19 nations are part of the G20, and the 20th member is the EU — ranked according to their place on the CPI:

1. Australia  9

2. Canada  9

3. Germany  12

4. United Kingdom  14

5. Japan  18

6. United States  19

7. France  22

8. South Korea  46

9. Turkey  53

10. Saudi Arabia  63

11. Italy  69

12. Brazil 72

13. South Africa  72

14. China  80

15. India  94

16. Mexico  106

17. Argentina 106

18. Indonesia  114

19. Russia  127

The average CPI rank for the 19 member countries is 58.

That doesn’t sound too bad until you look at the bottom ten countries — or more than half the members.

Their average rank on the CPI is 90.

And the bottom five countries have an average rank of 109 — firmly in the bottom half of the 177 countries ranked on the CPI overall.

At least for now, the G20 — the self-described “premier forum for its members’ international economic cooperation and decision-making” — has plenty of work to do in its own backyard to fight corruption.


Richard L. Cassin is the publisher and editor of the FCPA Blog. He can be contacted here.

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