TI, which bills itself as ‘the global coalition against corruption’, has monitored corporate performance for a number of years, and in its latest report released today it ranks the world’s 105 largest publicly listed companies according to their reporting on anti-corruption programmes; organisational transparency; and country by country reporting.
These scores are then assembled into a rank where 10 is the best, and 0 the worst possible score. In this year’s report SAP scored highest of the technology vendors with a score of 5.8. Amazon, Google and Apple were worst with scores of 2.8, 2.9 and 3.2 respectively.
The three top listed companies in the telecommunications sector were France Telecom with 6.6, Spain’s Telefonica with 6.2 and Deutsche Telekom on 6.
The highest rank overall went to Norwegian oil and gas giant Statoil which achieved a score of 8.3. Local resources giants Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton shared second position with scores of 7.2.
Where there was a distinct lack of transparency among tech vendors was in the area of country by country reporting. Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Apple and Google all scored 0 in that category.
This category tracks transparency in financial reporting of revenues, capital expenditure income before tax and income tax.