August 2010 (#117)


In this update:

  • TI Australia raises four major issues with political parties
  • IKEA’s struggle to do business in Russia

TI Australia raises four major issues with political parties

To advance the integrity and accountability of Australia’s national government, TI Australia has called on the major political parties to give their bipartisan support to:

  1. Establish a National Integrity and Anti-Corruption Commission to oversight the Federal Public Sector
  2.  Legislate for greater protection of whistleblowers in the public sector
  3.  Review and strengthen the 2008 Federal Lobbying Code of Conduct
  4.  Fully implement the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI)

IKEA’s struggle to do business in Russia

TI’s 2009 Corruption Perceptions Index ranked Russia 146th out of 180 countries, putting it on a par with Zimbabwe and Sierra Leone. Entrenched corruption permeates every sphere of life. Swedish businessman Lennart Dahlgren has published Despite Absurdity: How I Conquered Russia While It Conquered Me. A memoir of nearly a decade spent battling bureaucrats to bring furniture giant IKEA to Russia. Click here for comment about Vladimir Putin’s fight against corruption and bribery in Russia.