Global Witness response to the UK government's consultation on company ownership transparency
At the G8 summit in Northern Ireland, Prime Minister David Cameron committed the UK to creating a central registry of the ultimate - beneficial - owners of all UK companies. He also promised a consultation on whether this registry would be open to the public. This is Global Witness' response to the consultation.
All Party Parliamentary Group on Anti-Corruption
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Anti-Corruption was established on the 7th November 2011 to
“bring together interested Members of the House of Commons and House of Lords to raise awareness of the impact of international corruption and to enhance and strengthen UK anti-corruption policies and mechanisms including parliamentary scrutiny.”
The APPG is a cross party group of MPs and peers from the British Parliament who have come together to analyse and strengthen the UK’s anti-corruption policies. The APPG does this by:
Bond Anti-Corruption Group
The Bond Corruption Group is made up of likeminded British NGOs who, through their work, witness the devastating effects of corruption on developing countries every day. Our experience has taught us that corruption continues to be one of the biggest obstacles to development, poverty alleviation and good governance. Our aim is to draw attention to the impact of corruption on developing countries and provide a platform for the voices of our partners and southern civil society organizations to be heard in the UK.
Briefing: The benefits for Uganda of joining the emerging global transparency standard for extractive industry revenues
This paper summarizes the implications for Uganda of the new international transparency requirements for the extractive industries agreed in the US and EU, and by the EITI, and provides policy recommendations for Government.
New evidence ties BSGR to company behind Guinea mine bribery
- Beny Steinmetz Group Resources director set up company that promised bribes
- BSGR misled with claims Pentler Holdings was set up independently
- Representatives wired payments to president’s wife
- Global Witness revealed in April that BSGR and Pentler signed corrupt contracts
A director of Beny Steinmetz Group Resources set up a company that signed corrupt deals with the wife of an African president in a multi-billion-dollar mine scandal, Global Witness has learned.
Zimbabwe’s elections: intimidation, vote-rigging and diamonds
Italian Parliament debates Government response to ENI's dealings in Nigeria
EITI: be bold, stay rigorous and help citizens use the data!
Thursday's 6th Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Global Conference in Sydney will see oil, gas and mining executives, campaigners, investors and government officials ratify improvements in transparency standards for the industry.
Global Witness has issued a statement welcoming the improvements whilst warning that the significant gaps remaining in the initiative could render it obsolete if it fails to keep at the forefront of reform.
European Union Timber Regulations and why they matter to China
The European Union agreed the EU Timber Regulations (EUTR) in 2010, making it illegal as of 3 March 2013 for any company to place illegally harvested timber or products made from illegal timber on the EU market.
The new EUTR have important implications for Chinese companies exporting wood products or timber into the EU which may have been logged illegally because China has become the world’s biggest importer of wood products. The EU is also China's second biggest market for wood products.
Anonymous companies: A Global Witness briefing
French and German versions below.
Money launderers, corrupt politicians, terrorists, arms traffickers, drug smugglers, and tax evaders all rely on two things to move their dirty money: company structures that allow them to hide their identity, and banks and other professionals willing to do business with them. Both are all-too available.