PWYP was founded to campaign for oil, gas and mining companies to publish their payments to governments (such as licence fees, royalties and taxes), and for governments to be transparent about the revenues they receive. This is also the basis of EITI reporting. With greater transparency, civil society can scrutinise transactions, question suspicious payments and judge whether extraction projects are beneficial to the wider public.
Beyond comprehensive EITI reporting, PWYP also supports the passing of national laws that require companies to disclose their payments to government (“mandatory disclosure”). In 2017 alone, mandatory disclosure laws in Canada, the EU and Norway resulted in more than 500 publicly available “payments to governments” reports (up from around 100). This means civil society can start to see what’s really going on in each country’s extractive sector.
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