When queried at a 1909 business meeting about the choice of colors available for his automobiles, Henry Ford replied that customers could have any color they wanted as long as it is black. Fast forward to the late 20th and early 21st centuries and consumers today are now in the driver’s seat (no pun intended). Publications such as Consumer Reports, CNET, and a myriad of other independent professional and consumer reviews of goods and services empower buyers, dictating to producers the style, features, and price ranges that consumers seek.
Transparency International, a not for profit organization, annually publishes the ‘Corruption Perceptions Index’ which lists most nations around the world and serves as an important indicator of the perceived levels of public sector corruption. For more details, go to transparency.org