Bangladesh has a thriving Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) sector. According to available data, SMEs account for 50.91 percent of the microeconomic sector, employ 35.41 percent of the workforce and contribute 48.41 percent of Bangladesh's GDP. As a result, business support organisations (such as sectoral business associations, chambers of commerce, and trade associations) wield considerable power in Bangladesh. They primarily represent large politically connected businesses and have significant access to Dhaka's centers of power. However, information on their level of commitment to anti-corruption efforts is scarce.
This assessment report is part of an initiative by the Centre for Governance Studies (CGS) and its partner, the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), to address this information gap and investigate the private sector's commitment to anti-corruption activities.
In addition to two surveys that investigated the effects of corruption on households and SMEs, this assessment report provides input on specific private sector-led approaches that can be used to address corruption enablers, as well as guidance for other outreach efforts to support the private sector's bottom-up demand for democratic governance in Bangladesh