The construction industry globally is rigged with corruption. Complex policies and long approvals mean that builders often look for the easiest way out.
Finland has built a national platform that makes corruption in issuing building permits near-impossible. Nearly all construction licences are issued online – just 5% are still on paper, says Pekka Virkamäki, Head of Building Control in the Finnish city of Vantaa. From applications to inspections, every step is digital and can be tracked by everyone involved on the project. “It is very difficult to have any corruption inside the system because everybody can see what is happening,” he adds.
He shares how Finland built an open and trusted permits platform, and what impact this has had on its services.