8 February 2017

Index of countries at risk for illegality in timber sector published

A new report on global corruption has been used by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) to assess countries' level of risk for timber illegality. The FSC used Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) to determine whether countries are at high or low risk of trafficking in illegal timber. The CPI uses citizens' perception of corruption in their country's public sector, and is widely respected as a key indicator of corruption.

In Europe, Hungary and Croatia both moved into the high risk category, meaning that companies must carry out further verification measures to ensure that timber from these countries has been harvested legally.

The CPI 2016 covers perceptions of public sector corruption in 176 countries. The countries at the top of the list share characteristics of open government, press freedom, civil liberties and independent judicial systems. Countries at the bottom of the index are characterised by widespread impunity for corruption, poor governance and weak institutions.

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