International corruption ranking shows a stagnant Brazil


The last international ranking that measures the perception of corruption, released by the NGO Transparency International in 2014, showed that Brazil remained stagnant. Despite recent investigations and judgments in cases such as the monthly allowance and corruption at Petrobrás, Brazil ranks 69th in a ranking of 175 countries, the same place as four years ago.

The new ranking has not yet been released, but the NGO Transparência Internacional (TI) started last Wednesday (9/12) a public vote in search of the best representative of the “great corruption” from a list of 15 “candidates” that includes the case of Petrobras, in addition to ex-president of Panama Ricardo Martinelli and the president of Equatorial Guinea Teodoro Obiang.

The voting period will run until February 9 through the



Transparency International report points out that Brazil is in 69th place among 175 countries and territories in terms of perceived corruption. The nations seen as the most honest are Denmark (1st) and New Zealand (2nd). Brazil improved its position in relation to 2013, when it came in 72nd place and shares the current position with Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Romania, Senegal and Swaziland.

Corruption and international image

In this article, Roberto Abdenur comments on the results of the 2012 world ranking of perception of corruption released earlier this month by Transparency International.

As we have said on other occasions, Brazil has made efforts to reduce corruption, both in the public and private sectors. It seems that the efforts are being perceived by the population. The non-governmental organization Transparency International has just released another worldwide perception of corruption. In this year's ranking, Brazil was in 69th place. In 2011, it was in 73rd place.

Brazil is in a median position, among the 176 countries analyzed. The first three, where the perception of corruption in the public sector is lower, are Denmark, Finland and New Zealand. The last three, with the perception of greater corruption, are Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia.

But the country stands out from its peers. Although it is well behind Chile and Uruguay (both in 20th place), on the continent it is ahead of Peru (83rd) and Argentina (102nd). Regarding the Brics, it was tied with South Africa, but ahead of China (80th place), India (94th) and Russia (133rd).

We should celebrate. Although there was a change in the formula for preparing the ranking, the fact is that we Brazilians are more aware that the chain of corruption involves two sides. The ongoing trial by the STF shows that the public authorities and the private sector tend to be together in corruption. Thus, it is up to all of us, citizens, the role of caring for business ethics. Ever.