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.
Requiring beneficial ownership information to be put in the public domain is cheap
There have been two cost/benefit analyses carried out looking at the costs of a beneficial ownership registry: one done by the UK in 2002 and one done by the European Commission in 2007. Both concluded that public registries of beneficial ownership would be more cost effective than the status quo.
Global Witness commissioned the same consultants who carried out the 2002 cost benefit analysis to update the costs figures for the UK.
Summary of the new EU Accounting and Transparency Directives
On 9 April 2013, the EU Member States, Parliament and Commission agreed to adopt new transparency rules for oil, gas, mining and logging companies.
The agreement requires extractive and logging companies to publish details of the payments they make to governments for access to natural resources, in every country they operate in.