Taxes paid by oil, gas and mining companies are an important potential source of government revenue, which can be used to reduce poverty, boost development and provide basic social services such as health care and education. But tax avoidance or evasion schemes, offshore secrecy and government tax breaks to attract investment all divert potential revenues, undermining fulfilment of people’s rights to services and livelihoods.
PWYP calls for tax justice so revenues from extraction can be used to boost development, via measures such as registers of beneficial owners and companies publishing their payments to individual country governments. With our members and partners, we work to ensure that EITI reports provide detailed information on fiscal regimes and tax payments by extractive companies, so the data can be reconciled with other sources – such as alternative reports, journalist investigations and supreme audit institutions – to provide real fiscal transparency.
Lessons learned from Publish What You Pay Established in 2002, the Publish What You Pay (PWYP) movement is widespread across Africa, with nearly 30 active national coalitions working on natural resource governance. The African continent is known for its abundant natural resources, but also for its shortcomings in relation to governance and transparency in managing…Read Download
The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) develops and supports implementation of global best practice through voluntary reporting by businesses and other organisations on their economic, environmental and social impacts though its Sustainability Reporting Standards. By doing this, it helps companies and others better assess, and address, their socio-environmental impact and promotes sustainable business practices. In December…Read Download
State-owned companies are key actors in the management of extractive resources in many producing countries, especially when their mission is to sell the State’s share of oil. In many cases, however, these structures are very much influenced by the political game and do not transparently with regard to such factors as selling price, income received,…Read Download
Myanmar is the world’s leading producer of jade, a green hued gemstone that can be worth up to millions of dollars per kilogram. The main market in the world for jade is China, where it has traditionally been highly valued and associated with royalty. Right on China’s southern border is Myanmar’s Kachin state, where the…Read Download
Onodo was created in 2015 by the Spanish civil societal organisation Civio. Its goal is to visualise complex networks and to support your story-telling. Because Onodo is easy to use, the target audience does not need any technical knowledge to construct a network visualization. You can use Onodo to visualize company ownership networks to better…Read Download