2022 TRACE Prize for investigative reporting


Creative Ideas Essay

Location (s):

  • Online
  • United States of America


The TRACE Prize for Investigative Reporting recognizes journalism that uncovers business-related bribery and financial crime with the goal of increasing commercial transparency and good governance.


“Every year, we receive  extraordinary examples of investigative journalism that expose corruption with the goal of advancing accountability and transparency. We look forward to receiving this year’s submissions and honoring the journalists undertaking this important work.” 

 Alexandra Wrage, President and Founder, TRACE.

“Corruption is a global virus, and the battle against it must be, too. The TRACE prize uniquely recognizes and encourages the courageous, meticulous journalism that is part of that fight, anywhere it finds a voice.”

Diana Henriques, TRACE Prize for Investigative Reporting judge.


TRACE is a globally recognized anti-bribery business association and leading provider of shared-cost third party risk management solutions. Members and clients include over 500 multinational companies located worldwide. TRACE is headquartered in the United States and registered in Canada, with a presence on five continents.

TRACE Foundation

The TRACE Foundation was established to promote, support and fund anti-corruption initiatives, research projects, investigative journalism, publications, videos and related undertakings that encourage greater commercial transparency and advance anti-bribery education. The Foundation also awards scholarships, prizes and grants to individuals and entities working toward these goals and seeks generally to propagate understanding of the sources of corruption and the development of effective measures to reduce the scope and extent of the problem.

The TRACE Foundation receives funding from TRACE International and TRACE Inc., two entities that share its mission. The Foundation has an independent board and exclusive decision making authority over the selection and execution of its projects and disbursement of its funds.

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

Nominees may be print, broadcast or online reporters from any country who have investigated commercial bribery schemes, business activities that create serious conflicts of interest or similar commercial misconduct. Team entries and multiple submissions per author are permitted. Book-length entries are not accepted. 


Deadline: January 31, 2022

Cost/funding for participants:

A panel of independent judges will review the submissions and select up to two winning entries, each of which will receive a cash prize of US$10,000. Reporter(s) will be invited to an award ceremony hosted by TRACE. The judges may also name up to two honorable mentions, who will each receive US$1,000.

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