SAP Leads Transparency in IT Sector

A new report by the Berlin-based, anti-corruption organization Transparency International (TI) compares transparency at 105 of the world’s largest companies. Using publicly available information, TI examined three aspects of corporate transparency.

  • Anti-corruption programs – What are companies doing to prevent corruption?
  • Organizational transparency – Do companies disclose their subsidiaries, affiliates, joint-ventures, and other holdings?
  • Country-by-country reporting – Do companies disclose financial data across all countries of operation?

 Top marks for SAP in organizational transparency

On a scale of 0 (not at all transparent) to 10 (very transparent), SAP received a total score of 5.8 and ranked 35th out all 105 examined companies. SAP was the only technology company to place in the top third. Other global players in the tech industry, including HP, Intel, IBM, Oracle, and Microsoft, all received poorer total scores. See the list below for TI’s ranking of transparency in technology companies.

The best scores went to the Norwegian oil company Statoil (8.3), the London- and Melbourne-based mining company Rio Tinto (7.2), and another British/Australian company BHP Billiton (7.2).

Across the three categories, SAP performed best in the area of organizational transparency with a score of 100 percent, while it received mid-range marks (65) in the area of anti-corruption programs. The company received its lowest score for country-by-country reporting. With a score of only 8.8 percent in this category, SAP has significant of room for improvement. Indeed, TI found that the majority of companies they examined don’t disclose financial data across all countries of operation. The numbers reinforce that finding: despite its low score for country-by-country reporting, SAP still ranked 12th in this area.

TI Overall Ranking of Technology Companies:

1.       SAP 5.8

2.       HP 4.8

3.       Intel 4.7

4.       Qualcomm 4.4

5.       Samsung Electronics 4.3

6.       IBM 4.2

7.       Oracle 4.1

8.       Cisco Systems 3.4

9.       Microsoft 3.4

10.   Apple 3.2

11.   Google 2.9