By Samuel Rubenfeld
The responses, which come from a Middle East Report released Monday for PricewaterhouseCooper’s Global Economic Crime Survey, are starkly higher than those across the world, where less than one-fourth of respondents said they expect to face incidents of bribery or corruption in the next 12 months.
Of the nearly 3,900 responses to the global survey, 126 came from a series of interviews with C-suite executives, senior vice presidents and heads of departments in the Middle East representing organizations from Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and the West Bank.
A quarter of the responses came from listed companies, another 25% came from state-owned enterprises and 42% of them represented organizations with more than 1,000 employees.
“It is possible that more organizations in the Middle East suffer from economic crime but lack the robust detection mechanisms that would allow for accurate reporting,” said Tareq Haddad, the company’s Middle East Forensic Services Partner, in a statement.
Corruption risk has led 25% of the organizations represented by Middle East respondents to decide not to enter a new venture or market in the last year, the survey said.