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The Chinese Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Environmental Protection released their “Guidelines for Environmental Protection in Foreign Investment and Cooperation” on 28th February 2013.  The Guidelines... read more
Global Witness is embarking on an ambitious project aimed at overhauling and vastly improving the way in which we use digital tools (including social media and other multi-media materials) to gain impact across our... read more
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... read more
Leading transparency and access to information campaigners including CAFOD, Global Witness, Integrity Action and Publish What You Fund, today welcomed a new UN report as driving progress towards enhanced citizen... read more
By Porter McConnell - Manager of the Financial Transparency Coalition. When the Task Force on Financial Integrity and Economic Development was created in 2009, only a handful of experts were following the issue of... read more
The majority of logging permits in use in Ghana will not fall within the legal definition the country has agreed with the European Union (1), documents obtained by Global Witness reveal. Analysis of over 800 permits... read more
There is a possibility that US authorities may be forced to consider a more severe penalty for HSBC than previously expected for money laundering charges, said Global Witness today.  Last December the bank agreed... read more
Naturalist and comedian Bill Oddie will today attend the HSBC annual general meeting to seek answers from the board of directors over the bank’s lending to companies destroying Borneo’s rainforests. The companies that... read more
As demand for commodities, especially food, fuel and fibre, grows, we see more competition for land, including forested land, upon which millions depend directly for their livelihoods. With our historical insights into... read more
Forests, land and other environmental resources maintain our planet’s vital life support system and the livelihoods of billions of people.  Tropical forests are particularly important for mitigating climate change... read more
Resource-for-infrastructure deals are an important means of investment for Chinese companies overseas and represent a significant new development model for the world. Global Witness research has shown that improved... read more
Many countries rich in natural resources are mired in poverty because of corruption and mismanagement of these resources. We believe that better disclosure and management of revenues paid to governments in resource-... read more
Resource-linked conflicts not only lead to widespread human suffering and social unrest. They are also detrimental to commercial investments in the long term and are a threat to secure resource supplies.  For... read more
Publication of a full audit of how Liberia awarded its resource concessions between 2009 and 2011 is a global first, said campaigning watchdog Global Witness today. The audit, which was published last week, reveals... read more
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... read more
Global Witness welcomes the move by Rwandan-born warlord Bosco Ntaganda to turn himself in at the U.S. Embassy in Kigali yesterday. The group warns, however, that lasting peace in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (... read more
简体中文 A new investigation by Global Witness today reveals the systemic corruption and illegality at the heart of government in Sarawak, Malaysia’s largest state. A film, shot undercover during the investigation, shows... read more
Global Witness welcomes today’s ruling by Cambodia’s Court of Appeal to free longstanding government critic Mam Sonando. The decision provides a glimmer of light in the fight to end the repression of activists who speak... read more
To read in English, click here. L’Italia deve garantire l’evidenza di tali pagamenti in conformità alla nuova direttiva sulla trasparenza Secondo gli atti di un caso recentemente al vaglio della High Court del Regno... read more
To read about Shell's alleged meeting with Etete, click here. Leggi in italiano Italy must ensure new Transparency Directive reveals such payments Proceedings in a recent UK High Court case have revealed that Italian... read more
To read about ENI's alleged meetings with Etete, click here.  Meanwhile Shell attempts to weaken laws that will reveal such payments Proceedings in a recent UK High Court case have revealed that Royal Dutch Shell... read more
Case attracts scrutiny as arrests of land activists double in a year The Cambodian government must release prominent land activist Mam Sonando and end its increasing repression of civil society and ordinary citizens,... read more
The British bank, HSBC, made a $20.6bn profit in 2012 and paid its CEO a $3m bonus, it was announced today. This is in spite of the fact that HSBC was fined a record $1.9bn for doing business with Mexican drug lords,... read more
简体中文 Illegal Liberian timber worth thousands of Euros was sitting in a French port less than 3 weeks before a new EU law prohibiting the import of illegal timber came into force, Global Witness revealed today. ... read more
Global Witness welcomes Interpol’s announcement that it has arrested nearly 200 people and seized around US$8 million worth of illegal timber in a major international crackdown on illegal logging and timber trafficking... read more
Global Witness today welcomed news that EU foreign ministers have agreed to maintain restrictive measures against state-owned Zimbabwean diamond mining company, ZMDC, but warned that gaps in the sanctions list... read more
Global Witness available for comment The Observer alleged today that one of the key companies involved in the horsemeat scandal was set up such that it hid the names of the people who own and control it.  "This... read more
For immediate release Global Witness today called on EU foreign ministers to strengthen measures which restrict sales of diamonds from Zimbabwe’s controversial Marange region to Europe. The warning comes as Belgium... read more
Global Witness welcomes the Dutch government’s decision to reject the inclusion of a dangerous loophole in a new European transparency law. The law will force oil, mining and logging companies to publish the payments... read more
Deforestation and forest degradation account for more carbon emissions than the entire global transport industry. Hopes for a deal to halt this trend centre on a proposed system to compensate developing... read more
Following the question and answer event in London on 18 November 2009, Global Witness submitted to the Office for Climate Change of the Government of Guyana a series of follow-up questions. We requested publication of... read more
Earlier this year, a Global Witness investigation into a proposed deal between the Liberian government and the British-based Carbon Harvesting Corporation (CHC) uncovered evidence of possible irregular payments from CHC... read more
Ahead of the G20 Leader’s Summit in Seoul on 11–12 November, Global Witness and partner organisations have written to UK Prime Minister David Cameron urge him to push for measures that will curb illicit financial flows... read more
Uganda may be on the verge of an oil boom which, if managed properly, could lift a generation out of poverty. However, a history of high-level corruption scandals and a range of early warning signs in the oil... read more
Global Witness and its partners on the BOND anti-corruption group have long called for an overhaul of the UK’s outdated anti-bribery legislation, to prevent companies from paying bribes to facilitate their operations at... read more
Consumer demand for expensive rosewood furniture and musical instruments in China and elsewhere is the primary driver of an ecologically devastating trade in illegal timber. This report examines the international... read more
The purpose of this paper is to provide suggestions for ways in which a new, post-referendum oil deal between north and south Sudan could be made as transparent as possible in order to ensure that the deal is stable and... read more
This short briefing document outlines the transparency provisions required for a new oil deal in Sudan. Its annex outlines suggested wording for these provisions. With the referendum on southern secession scheduled... read more
In July 2010 the U.S. Senate passed a groundbreaking law that promotes greater public oversight of companies trading in oil, gas and minerals. The Dodd-Frank Act sets out to stem the flow of conflict minerals from... read more
British high street banks have accepted millions of pounds in deposits from corrupt Nigerian politicians, raising serious questions about their commitment to tackling financial crime, warned Global Witness in a report... read more
Negotiations for a system to reduce forest loss by paying developing countries to preserve their forests are taking place under the banner Reducing Emissions through Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+).... read more
Global Witness has worked closely with the other members of the Bond Anti-corruption Group to produce a blueprint for UK action to tackle corruption overseas. This paper exposes some of the gaps in the UK government's... read more
Read this article in the Kyiv Post  As a British citizen, if my government was sued by a private company, I'd be more than a little surprised if it transpired that one of U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron's top... read more
Provisions in the U.S. Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (also known as the Financial Reform Act) will require companies whose products contain cassiterite (tin ore), coltan (tantalum ore),... read more
The City of London Police has commissioned this short crime prevention video to demonstrate the impact that a corruption investigation could have on companies and individuals who ignore the Bribery Act and break the law... read more
Last week, Forbes.com published a piece by Tim Worstall in which he argued against the introduction of legally binding measures in the EU to tackle conflict minerals. The piece, titled ‘Global Witness’ Latest Silly... read more
Kofi Annan, Chair of the Africa Progress Panel, gave a speech at the Graduate Institute in Geneva last week, which highlighted the benefits of mandatory transparency rules for the hundreds of billions of dollars that... read more
Click here to sign the petition: https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/page/speakout/release-peaceful-proteste... read more
简体中文  Published in: China Dialogue Author: Mike Davis, Senior Advisor, Global Witness Refusal to use illegal timber will benefit Chinese companies and boost China’s environmental reputation The world’s tropical... read more
At this year’s annual Ted Global Conference in Edinburgh, Global Witness’s co-founding director Charmian Gooch gave a talk about the drivers of corruption, and what we can do about them.  Talking about some of the... read more
Global Witness is embarking on an ambitious project aimed at overhauling and vastly improving the way in which we use digital tools (including social media and other multi-media materials) to gain impact across our... read more
By Porter McConnell - Manager of the Financial Transparency Coalition. When the Task Force on Financial Integrity and Economic Development was created in 2009, only a handful of experts were following the issue of... read more
Diarmid O'Sullivan, Open Society Foundation research fellow and ex-Global Witness campaigner has released a report today on how transparency helps identify problems in the governance of natural resources, as well... read more
Britain‘s G8 presidency a chance to reframe the poverty debate It’s always encouraging to see our leaders pushing the right line for a change. Outlining his agenda for the G8 at the World Economic Forum in Davos... read more
One story that will be sure to develop in 2013 is the controversy around ENRC’s activities in Congo. For the background for this, a good place to start is the Global Witness statement of 23 December: “ENRC shareholders... read more
Rosie Sharpe, Senior campaigner, Global Witness Investigations carried out by the Guardian, ICIJ and the BBC's Panorama programme into the ease with which anonymous shell companies can be used to move dirty money... read more
Originally posted on the Taskforce on Financial Integrity’s website here. By Rosie Sharp Rosie Sharp is a Senior Campaigner for Global Witness, a member of the Task Force Coordinating Committee. You’re a criminal and... read more
Shell companies Launderers Anonymous A study highlights how easy it is to set up untraceable companies Sep 22nd 2012 | NEW YORK | from The Economist SHELL companies—which exist on paper only, with no real... read more
This article is written by Dr Guo Peiyuan, SynTao General Manager and based on his presentation at 2013 EITI Global Conference.  The Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) has been... read more
Diarmid O'Sullivan, Open Society Foundation research fellow and ex-Global Witness campaigner has released a report today on how transparency helps identify problems in the governance of natural resources, as well... read more
At least 500 people have been uprooted from their homes to make way for luxury villas where European Union foreign ministers, including William Hague, will stay during a summit in Laos on Monday, writes David Blair in... read more
A report by Peru Support Group. Abstract: High gold prices, persistent poverty and a shortage of employment opportunities in Peru have all contributed to an increase in artisanal and small-scale gold mining activity in... read more
Shell companies Launderers Anonymous A study highlights how easy it is to set up untraceable companies Sep 22nd 2012 | NEW YORK | from The Economist SHELL companies—which exist on paper only, with no real... read more
"A $150-million investment ties Tokyo Sexwale to a controversial Israeli businessman as he pulled off the "heist" of a prize mining asset in the DRC" - Mail & Guardian. Click here to read the article. read more
South Sudan will market its crude through its oil ministry, an oil official said on Thursday casting further doubt on the role trading major Glencore's venture will have in selling the nation's oil. Alexander Dziadosz... read more
Some donors do well, all donors can do better, writes Publish What You Fund. read more
Britain is being urged to help close down a legal loophole that lets financiers known as "vulture funds" use courts in Jersey to claim hundreds of millions of pounds from the world's poorest countries, write Greg Palast... read more
A UK-based lobby group is calling for more transparency in the spending of global development aid, estimated to be worth about $150bn (£93bn), writes BBC's Mark Doyle. read more
Clariden Leu AG, with roots that make it Switzerland's oldest private bank, has begun telling certain U.S. customers suspected of offshore tax evasion that it will disclose their names to the U.S. Internal Revenue... read more
Officials working with Libya's new governing authority are examining whether any payments made by Société Générale SA as part of its business relationship with the Libyan Investment Authority ended up in the hands of... read more
South Sudan's oil minister said on Saturday that an oil cargo detained by northern officials in Port Sudan in a row over duty payments had now sailed, but that negotiations over transit fees were stalled - read... read more
A major international anti-corruption provision in the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation remains stalled at the Securities and Exchange Commission, a year after the bill was passed by Congress and three months... read more
Two days before Sudan splits in two, negotiating teams have failed to agree how to divide the oil critical to the economies of north and south, as aid agencies warn the country is closest to war since a 2005 peace deal... read more
简体中文  EU anti-corruption laws will hit Chinese companies overseas China Dialogue PetroChina, Sinopec and other Chinese companies will be required to reveal payments made to overseas governments as a condition of... read more
Today The Economist came out in support of the campaign “to put a stop to hidden company ownership and to make energy and mining companies disclose more about the payments they make to win concessions.” Global Witness... read more
South Sudan hopes to sell several unexplored oil blocks for $1 billion in coming months, a finance official said, giving a potential lifeline for the African country's hobbled economy. Reuters. To read the Global... read more
One story that will be sure to develop in 2013 is the controversy around ENRC’s activities in Congo. For the background for this, a good place to start is the Global Witness statement of 23 December: “ENRC shareholders... read more
Rosie Sharpe, Senior campaigner, Global Witness Investigations carried out by the Guardian, ICIJ and the BBC's Panorama programme into the ease with which anonymous shell companies can be used to move dirty money... read more
From the Daily Mail ENRC has resolved not to buy mineral rights via controversial middlemen who campaign groups say pose an appearance or risk of corruption, the Mail understands. Chairman Mehmet Dalman has taken an... read more
With peril looming on both countries’ economic horizons, Sudan and South Sudan brokered a milestone oil-transit agreement over the weekend to the effusive praise of the international community. The deal represents a... read more
South Sudan says it will allow full access to information involving deals with international financial institutions, following a report by Global Witness on Wednesday, which it recommends that the new nation “exercise... read more
An intense lobbying campaign is under way as U.S. authorities prepare to implement what are supposed to be investor-friendly laws designed to clarify the global operations of listed oil companies. Zhang Tao and Wang... read more
Huffington Post blog written by Global Witness' Sudan and South Sudan Analyst, Dana Wilkins, available here. read more
Rob Walker of the BBC Assignment team investigates what’s happened to billions of dollars in oil revenues paid to the government of Equatorial Guinea since it's oil boom in the 1990s. Anthea Lawson from Global... read more
Global Witness has long campaigned for companies to come clean about who actually owns them. In most countries in the world individuals can legally disguise their identities and their assets behind anonymous shell... read more
Diamonds worth hundreds of millions of dollars are due to be put on sale on Friday by a joint Chinese-Zimbabwean company with strong military ties. The auction follows last month's decision by the industry watchdog... read more
China, the largest buyer of Sudanese crude oil, is pressing Sudan and the newly independent South Sudan to end a row that has led to the blockade of about 200,000 barrels a day of crude oil and contributed to... read more
Sudan said on Monday it had halted landlocked South Sudan's oil exports until the two agree on a transit fee, stepping up a row between the former civil war foes over how to untangle their once-integrated oil industries... read more