Tackling this problem is crucial to anti-corruption and development effortsPrime Minister David Cameron revealed today that the UK will be seeking ac…
Global Witness follows the money. Our investigations try to track down who’s behind suspect natural resource deals, to try and stop the money being lost in poor countries, or to help prevent conflict or environmental destruction. However, too often our efforts are brought to an abrupt halt by anonymous shell companies.
Global Witness applauds Senators Levin (D-MI), Grassley (R-IA), Feinstein (D-CA) and Harkin (D-IA) for introducing legislation that would make it much harder for the corrupt and other criminals to misuse American companies to launder dirty money into American banks.
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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.
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The ‘Paradise papers’ revelations shine a fresh light on how the secrecy for sale in tax havens facilitates tax evasion, organised crime and corruption.
David Cameron will pledge today to make public the names of who actually owns and controls British companies, in a move applauded by Global Witness which has been campaigning on this issue for many years. This will make it much harder for criminals to hide their identity behind sham UK shell companies, and for the corrupt to steal billions of dollars from developing countries.
Today the OECD – a club of rich countries – has published a fascinating review of 427 bribery cases taken since 1999, when the OECD’s anti-bribery convention came into force.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron and fellow G8 leaders must crack down on anonymous company ownership, said Global Witness today following revelations by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) of the hidden offshore dealings of politicians, fraudsters and the super-rich.
The massive cache of leaked documents demonstrates how hidden ownership of shell companies can facilitate corruption, tax dodging and possibly worse.