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"Corruptissima republica plurimare leges."
(The more corrupt a republic, the more laws.)
-- Publius Cornelius Tacitus
"It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that
we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.
We address ourselves not to their humanity but to their self-love, and never
talk to them of our own necessities but of their advantages."
– Adam Smith
The Problem and the Opportunity
Since some things are clearer on a large scale, let's start with the biggest picture possible. The World Bank
estimates that bribery alone costs the world about one trillion dollars in direct economic loss annually.
Yes, every year.
Extrapolating from this, the world’s losses from all forms of malfeasance, wrongdoing and corruption must be at
least $3,000,000,000,000 - three trillion dollars a year. Others have drawn similar conclusions.* In case you have
trouble picturing this much cash, imagine yourself holding half a kilo (a pound) of $100 bills. That's about $50,000
- the yearly income of an average American. Now imagine several locomotives straining to haul away 1,000 coal
cars brimming with 30,000 metric tons of hundred-dollar bills... Oh, the sight, the sound, the smell of money!
Actually, picture those train-loads of money burning, since the three trillion – an amount larger than the GDP of
France or Germany – are simply wasted. Every year.
Some Pertinent Questions
Can we turn this $3-trillion-a-year problem into a $3-trillion dollar opportunity? - Definitely, but not with more red
tape, iron fists and prisons, the way we have always tried. Just ask yourself the following:
1) How many additional auditors, detectives, prosecutors and various watchdogs (to police the policemen, etc.)
do we need to defeat corruption and malfeasance across the entire world? Consider both the government
agencies and the private sector - remember Enron?
2) How much would such a “Global War on Corruption” cost?
3) If the funding for this war on corruption were to end on the day of corruption’s total defeat, how long would the
results of the victory last?
...And Unsettling Answers
In fact, we posed these questions to professionals in the fields of law enforcement and compliance management.
Here are their averaged answers**:
1) The Global War on Corruption would require tens of millions of additional law enforcement personnel.
2) It would cost hundreds of billions of dollars a year in additional funding.
3) The victory wouldn't last a week. Like jealousy and greed, corruption is a self-creating, self-sustaining
phenomenon, so it will be back.
Do you like these answers? Neither do we. They show how grossly ineffective our traditional approaches to
fighting corruption are: who can employ millions of people and spend countless billions upfront for such a fleeting
victory? What can poor governments do?
Well, they can read the rest of the page, because at CorruptionManagement.com we came up with very different
responses to those questions:
1) The victory over corruption won't need a single additional person.
2) It won't need a single additional penny.
3) It will last forever.
Okay, you must be very skeptical. If you have ever fought corruption and malfeasance (we have), you know that
all conventional compliance and anti-corruption methods are expensive, ineffective or both. Even transparency
requires competent people to dig through mountains of data, unambiguously show malfeasance, and have a
voice powerful enough to demand change. This is why anti-corruption experts everywhere expect only slow,
arduous progress in curbing waste, fraud and abuse. This progress is often measured in generations, not years.
It doesn't have to be this way. Malfeasance and corruption normally result from the failure of administrative
systems to control people's selfish "entrepreneurial" urges. These urges are rooted in people’s self-interest (in
what Adam Smith called "self-love"), and no one can permanently eliminate them with more prosecutors, better
surveillance technology or education. In the long run, no matter how strongly we suppress it, the selfish force of
raw capitalism wins every time.
However, at CorruptionManagement.com we have designed a proprietary management system that harnesses
people's own selfishness and peer pressure - the very factors that lead to malfeasant entrepreneurship - and
directs them toward eliminating waste, fraud and abuse. By working with human nature instead of against it, our
system not only rapidly reduces wrongdoing but also creates tidy savings and profits.
Click here to learn how (the link to the next page).
* Independent of us and the World Bank, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners estimated 2009 losses from
occupational fraud alone to be at around $2.9 trillion worldwide. See link here.
** We had to discard multiple answers such as "It is simply impossible" or "It will take half the population to watch after the other
half," because they couldn't be easily quantified and averaged.