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About TI

From villages in rural India to the corridors of power in Brussels, Transparency International gives voice
to the victims and witnesses of corruption. We work together with governments, businesses and citizens
to stop the abuse of power, bribery and secret deals.

As a global movement with one vision, we want a world free of corruption. Through chapters in more
than 100 countries and an international secretariat in Berlin, we are leading the fight against corruption
to turn this vision into reality.

OUR MISSION

Our Mission is to stop corruption and promote transparency, accountability and integrity at all levels
and across all sectors of society. Our Core Values are: transparency, accountability, integrity, solidarity,
courage, justice and democracy.

OUR VISION

Our Vision is a world in which government, politics, business, civil society and the daily lives of people
are free of corruption.

OUR VALUES

Transparency

Accountability

Integrity

Solidarity

Courage

Justice

Democracy

OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES ARE:

1. As coalition-builders, we will work cooperatively with all individuals and groups, with for-profit
and not-for-profit corporations and organisations, and with governments and international
bodies committed to the fight against corruption, subject only to the policies and priorities set
by our governing bodies.

2. We undertake to be open, honest and accountable in our relationships with everyone we work
with, and with each other.
3. We will be democratic, politically non-partisan and non-sectarian in our work.

4. We will condemn bribery and corruption vigorously wherever it has been reliably identified.

5. The positions we take will be based on sound, objective and professional analysis and high
standards of research.

6. We will only accept funding that does not compromise our ability to address issues freely,
thoroughly and objectively.

7. We will provide accurate and timely reports of our activities to our stakeholders.

8. We will respect and encourage respect for fundamental human rights and freedom.

9. We are committed to building, working with and working through Chapters worldwide.

10. We will strive for balanced and diverse representation on our governing bodies.

11. As one global movement, we stand in solidarity with each other and we will not act in ways that
may adversely affect other Chapters or the TI movement as a whole

IN THE BEGINNING
In the early 1990s, corruption was a taboo topic. Many companies regularly wrote off bribes as business expenses in
their tax filings, the graft of some longstanding heads of state was legendary, and many international agencies were
resigned to the fact that corruption would sap funding from many development projects around the world.

There was no global convention aimed at curbing corruption, and no way to measure corruption at the global scale.

Having seen corruptions impact during his work in East Africa, retired World Bank official Peter Eigen, together
with nine allies, set up a small organisation to take on the taboo: Transparency International was established with a
Secretariat in Berlin, the recently restored capital of a reunified Germany.

Vision & Mission

Vision

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) is an independent, non-government, non-partisan and non-


profit organization with a vision of Bangladesh in which government, politics, business, civil society and
the daily lives of the people shall be free from corruption.

In the context of the international movement against corruption, as the fully accredited national chapter
in Bangladesh of the Berlin-based Transparency International (TI), TIB partners and cooperates with TI
and its chapters worldwide.

Values

TIB is committed to values of democracy, justice, rule of law, transparency, accountability, integrity and
impartiality.
Mission

TIB's mission is to catalyze and strengthen a participatory social movement to promote and develop
institutions, laws and practices for combating corruption in Bangladesh and establishing an efficient and
transparent system of governance, politics and business.

HOW DO YOU DEFINE CORRUPTION?

Generally speaking as the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. Corruption can be classified as
grand, petty and political, depending on the amounts of money lost and the sector where it occurs.

Grand corruption consists of acts committed at a high level of government that distort policies or the
central functioning of the state, enabling leaders to benefit at the expense of the public good. Petty
corruption refers to everyday abuse of entrusted power by low- and mid-level public officials in their
interactions with ordinary citizens, who often are trying to access basic goods or services in places like
hospitals, schools, police departments and other agencies.

Political corruption is a manipulation of policies, institutions and rules of procedure in the allocation of
resources and financing by political decision makers, who abuse their position to sustain their power,
status and wealth. See animated definitions of many corruption terms in our Anti-corruption Glossary.

WHAT IS TRANSPARENCY?

Transparency is about shedding light on rules, plans, processes and actions. It is knowing why, how,
what, and how much. Transparency ensures that public officials, civil servants, managers, board
members and businesspeople act visibly and understandably, and report on their activities. And it
means that the general public can hold them to account. It is the surest way of guarding against
corruption, and helps increase trust in the people and institutions on which our futures depend. See
how transparency can defeat corruption in arange of areas.

WHAT ARE THE COSTS OF CORRUPTION?

Corruption impacts societies in a multitude of ways. In the worst cases, it costs lives. Short of this, it
costs people their freedom, health or money. The cost of corruption can be divided into four main
categories: political, economic, social and environmental.

On the political front, corruption is a major obstacle to democracy and the rule of law. In a democratic
system, offices and institutions lose their legitimacy when theyre misused for private advantage. This is
harmful in established democracies, but even more so in newly emerging ones. It is extremely
challenging to develop accountable political leadership in a corrupt climate.

Economically, corruption depletes national wealth. Corrupt politicians invest scarce public resources in
projects that will line their pockets rather than benefit communities, and prioritise high-profile projects
such as dams, power plants, pipelines and refineries over less spectacular but more urgent
infrastructure projects such as schools, hospitals and roads. Corruption also hinders the development of
fair market structures and distorts competition, which in turn deters investment.

Corruption corrodes the social fabric of society. It undermines people's trust in the political system, in its
institutions and its leadership. A distrustful or apathetic public can then become yet another hurdle to
challenging corruption.

Environmental degradation is another consequence of corrupt systems. The lack of, or non-enforcement
of, environmental regulations and legislation means that precious natural resources are carelessly
exploited, and entire ecological systems are ravaged. From mining, to logging, to carbon offsets,
companies across the globe continue to pay bribes in return for unrestricted destruction.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO FIGHT CORRUPTION?

Our three guiding principles are: build partnerships, proceed step-by-step and stay non-confrontational.
We have learned from experience that corruption can only be kept in check if representatives from
government, business and civil society work together to develop standards and procedures they all
support. We also know that corruption cant be rooted out in one big sweep. Rather, fighting it is a step-
by-step, project-by-project process. Our non-confrontational approach is necessary to get all relevant
parties around the negotiating table.