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Corruption Index

Transparency International is an international organization that provides a Corruption Perceptions Index, which ranks countries "by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, as determined by expert assessments and opinion surveys."
Each country receives a score from 0-100 based on how corrupt they are perceived. Highly corrupt countries are rated low (0).

Geneanet is a non profit that can provides country of origin associated with family names. They also have a convenient method provided by their website of querying these names.

At first, we tried scraping the names of the every board member and officer of every public company traded in the US from Bloomberg's public webpage, and running those names against the country of origin association, and multiplying the percentage of each by the corruption index, to get a crude score of the company.

This was flawed in several ways.
Diverse companies, from a country of origin standpoint, don't indicate corruption.
And companies that have a headquarters in countries that have a High Corruption Index are already highly scrutinized.

Our novel approach looks at the similarity of the country of origin of the company officers and looks for a company headquarters that is located in a country with a low level of Corruption.

For instance, a company head-quartered in Germany (Low Corruption) with a majority of the board with SurNames from Bangladesh (High Corruption) would be ranked highly by our program.

All the publicly traded companies are similarly ranked on an on-demand basis.

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