It affects all regions of the world and all levels of society, but the impact is greatest in developing countries.
The effects of corruption are far-reaching: it can undermine political, social and economic stability, and ultimately threaten the safety and security of society as a whole.
Corruption creates a fertile ground for organized criminal activities, even terrorism, as criminals are aided in their illegal activities by the complicity of corrupt public officials.
Economic globalization has made corruption a borderless crime. The competitive world of international business can leave companies exposed to bribes and fraudulent financial practices.
Corrupt transactions can cross multiple jurisdictions, making the ensuing police investigation both time-consuming and complex.
Sport brings people together, but criminals looking to make large profits can undermine its integrity.
The use and trafficking of performance-enhancing drugs damages the integrity of sport.