Asia's young adults face an "integrity crisis" amid rampant corruption in many of the region's developing countries, says Transparency International.
According to the anti-corruption watch-dog's new survey, 72 percent of individuals in the 15-to-30 age group polled in Fiji, Indonesia, South Korea and Sri Lanka said they would engage in corrupt acts for personal gain.
"A majority of the young people surveyed know that corruption is wrong, have high standards for integrity and aspire to live in just societies," said Srirak Plipat, director, Asia Pacific at Transparency International.
"Despite this, a very worrying number of them believe that in order to succeed in life they will have to compromise their values and conform to the current status quo," he said.
Transparency International defines corruption as bribes, nepotism, conflicts of interest or any other abuse of power for personal gain.
South Asia is the most corrupt region in the world, which the organization says explains high levels of poverty in the subcontinent despite strong economic growth.
Many young adults in the countries surveyed regularly experience corruption in public and private institutions.
The scenario where they were most likely to violate standards of integrity involved a relative helping them get into a school or job.