Today is International Anti-Corruption Day…

exposed_logo_smallToday is International Anti-Corruption Day and a chance to shine a light on the scourge of corruption.

The reality is that today over 1 billion people live on the edge of survival with poor sanitation, no healthcare and little chance of education. There are many causes for poverty but the single greatest obstacle to overcoming this crippling poverty is corruption.

Every day well over $3 billion goes missing from the global economy – stolen through bribes, money laundering, tax evasion and other illegal payments in business and government. Money lost through bribery alone adds up to $1 trillion in a year [1]. This affects us all but it’s the world’s poorest who suffer most. This is more than just a depressing statistic; it’s devastating. Corruption kills. A recent report from Christian Aid estimates that if we addressed illegal corporate tax evasion we could save the lives of 230 children under the age of 5 every single day [2].

The EXPOSED campaign, a group of churches and organisations from around the world, has created a petition to the leaders of the world’s powerful nations (the G20) to step up efforts to combat bribery and tax avoidance. Governments are already considering anti-corruption measures and we can encourage them to ensure tighter systems are in place to plug the holes in financial flows, making it harder for corrupt practices to flourish.

Please add your voice to the petition to help shine a light on corruption and protect the poorest in our world. It takes a minute. Click below to help make this happen.

For many around the world speaking out against corruption is not a safe option – Pope Francis himself was named a mafia target after making a strident assault on corruption and bribery during a recent Monday morning mass. But there are positive signs of hope.

The more we join together in speaking out to governments, the greater the impact we have. The aim is to have 50,000 signatures by Christmas and a million by June 2014 as the petition will be handed over by various churches, civil society leaders and NGOs. Please join your light and stand with thousands of others around the world. It only takes a minute to sign the petition, but your voice is important. Just click the link below:

Thank you.

PS. You can also sign the petition here:

[1] Interview with Daniel Kaufman, Global Governance Director, The World Bank Institute, “Six questions about the cost of corruption” 8 April, 2004
[2] Christian Aid report: ‘Who Pays the Price? Hunger: The Hidden Cost of Tax Injustice’ p.10

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