About the survey

5,128 respondents from 99 countries

The 2014 Economic Crime Survey — our seventh to date — was carried out between August 2013 and February 2014.

This survey was completed by 5,128 respondents (compared to 3,877 respondents in 2011) from 99 countries (compared to 78 countries in 2011). Of the respondents, 50% were senior executives of their respective organisations, 35% represented listed companies and 54% represented organisations with more than 1,000 employees.

The survey comprised four sections:

  • general profiling questions
  • comparative questions looking at what economic crime organisations had experienced
  • cybercrime fraud threats
  • corruption/bribery, money laundering and competition law/antitrust law

We used the following research techniques:

  1. Survey of executives’ experiences of economic crime. The findings in this survey come from executives who reported on their experiences of economic crimes. We obtained information on the different types of economic crime, their impact on the organisation (both the financial loss and any collateral damage), the perpetrator of these crimes, what action (if any) the organisation took with respect to the perpetrator, and how they responded to the crime.
  2. Spotlight on cybercrime, corruption/bribery, money laundering and competition law/antitrust law. This survey takes a detailed look at these threats which are often systemic in nature — and thus are more prone to cause a long-term, damaging impact on the organisation.
  3. Analysis of trends over time. Since we started doing these surveys in 2001, we have asked a number of core questions — as well as, from time to time, additional ones dealing with current issues likely to have an impact on organisations around the world. We have drawn from this historical data us to discern current themes, chart developments, and trends.