Corruption Statistics

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£100 billion of dirty money passes through UK systems and services every year.[i]

87,000 land titles in England and Wales are owned by opaque corporate structures that hide the true owners.[ii]

76% think wealthy individuals often use their influence on Government for their own interests.[iii]

Just 52 people made a sixth of all declared UK political donations between 2001 and 2016.[iv]

£1.27 billion is lost annually to fraud, bribery and corruption in the NHS.[v]


The annual costs of international corruption is estimated to amount to a staggering $3.6 trillion in the form of bribes and stolen money.

Corruption often impacts the poorest in societies the most. In Paraguay, the poorest households are forced to pay nearly 13% of their income in bribes – twice as much as the richest households.[i]

Airbus was fined £3.6 billion in February 2020 by courts in the UK, US and France for slush funds, “success payments” and lavish hospitality. [ii]

£820 million of this fine was paid in the UK. This is more than double the total of fines paid in respect of all criminal conduct in England and Wales in 2018.[iii]

73% of companies assessed in our 2018 Corporate Political Engagement Index received ratings between ‘fairly poor’ and ‘very poor’ standards (Bands D - F).[iv]


Corruption in the health sector kills an estimated 140,000 children a year.[i]

Up to 25% of public procurement funds are lost to corruption each year.[ii]

Governments are spending $7.5 trillion a year on providing healthcare globally. But corruption means that $500billion (7%) of that money is lost.[iii]

The World Health Organisation estimates $370billion would be enough to give everyone on the planet access to healthcare.[iv]

Every year, pharmaceutical companies, universities and other research groups conduct around 20,000 clinical trials involving over two million patients worldwide, at an estimated cost of over US$60 billion.[v]

An estimated US$85 billion in medical research funding is being wasted every year as trials that cost millions to run fail to contribute to medical progress because their results are not reported.[vi]


States most affected by corruption are often victims of deep conflict.[i]

Boko Haram is growing stronger in Nigeria thanks to corruption in the military.[ii]

Nigerian officials spend an estimated $670 million (N241.2 billion) every year on opaque, corruption-prone security funding mechanisms known as ‘Security Votes’. This total dwarfs the Nigerian Army’s total budget of N155.4 billion.[iii]