PWYP UK is a coalition of 30 UK-based NGOs united in working for a more transparent and accountable extractive sector. Six coalition members co-founded the PWYP campaign in the early 2002.
PWYP UK members engaged with UK and European Union politicians, officials, companies, investors and others to help secure the EU’s adoption of strong mandatory reporting rules for oil, gas and mining companies under the 2013 Accounting and Transparency Directives. The coalition worked with the UK government to achieve early and effective domestic implementation of the Directives in 2014, and to ensure that companies’ country- and project-level payment reports are in open and machine-readable data formats.
Current work includes monitoring payments to governments reporting by more than 90 UK-incorporated and London Stock Exchange-listed extractive companies under the mandatory transparency requirements each year and engaging with the UK government and companies to improve the quality of these disclosures.
In working for a well-implemented global extractive transparency standard, the coalition undertakes dialogue and advocacy with politicians, officials, companies and civil society allies. It seeks to collaborate increasingly with PWYP coalitions and members in resource-rich countries in analysing payments disclosed under UK law, raising awareness in-country about payments to governments, catalysing public participation in natural resource governance and holding governments and companies to account.
PWYP UK is a member of the UK Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (UK EITI) Civil Society Network (CSN), which from 2013 to 2017 elected civil society representatives to the UK’s EITI multi-stakeholder group and currently (2019) provides interim representatives. The CSN’s Membership Principles and a list of current full member organisations are online here. Coordination is currently shared between several of the full member organisations.
PWYP UK and others support advocacy with Madagascar government
August 2019 – Following months of engagement with mining giant Rio Tinto, PWYP UK and member organisation Andrew Lees Trust worked with PCQVP Madagascar to send a letter and briefing to Malagasy ministers raising urgent concerns about extractive industry governance in Madagascar. In addition to Malagasy civil society co-signatories, many PWYP member organisations and others from around the world co-signed the letter as supporting organisations. Read the letter and briefing in English and French here, here, here and here.
PWYP UK submission to government review of corporate transparency provisions
August 2019 – In a detailed submission to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy consultation on Corporate Transparency and Register Reform, PWYP UK makes fifteen recommendations to enhance Companies House’s online Extractives Service. The Extractives Service is the government repository for payments-to-governments reports by UK-incorporated oil, gas and mining companies. Read the full submission here.
PWYP and TI-EU write jointly with extractive companies to European Commission to recommend improvements to EU company payments reporting
June 2019 – Following discussions with mining and oil companies in the context of the European Commission’s “fitness check” on company reporting, PWYP and TI-EU have written jointly with leading extractive companies to Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis. Our joint letter recommends publication of payments to governments reports in an open, human-readable and machine-readable format on an EU-wide online repository, maintained by the Commission and freely accessible to the public. Read the letter here.
UK financial regulator confirms oil, gas and mining companies must name government entities receiving payments
April/May 2019 – Some oil, gas and mining companies reporting their payments to governments under UK law have omitted important elements, including the identity of government entities receiving payments. Publish What You Pay UK and NRGI have raised concerns around the omissions, and the UK authorities are taking action. This new blog post is available from PWYP in English and French, from NRGI and on GOXI.
Preparing for the PWYP Global Assembly, Senegal, 29-31 January
January 2019 – PWYP UK has selected a three-person delegation for PWYP’s Global Assembly in Dakar, Senegal: Dominic Eagleton, Global Witness; Alexander Malden, Natural Resource Governance Institute; and Genevieve Theriault-Lachance, Rights & Accountability in Development. Miles Litvinoff of PWYP UK will participate as Global Council nominee for Europe and North America. With a rich programme, diverse expert speakers and an array of workshop sessions, we look forward to connecting with PWYP members from all over the world and to strengthening our movement for transparency, participation and accountability in the extractive sector. Read more.
New PWYP UK study explores UK EITI and mandatory payments data variances
September 2018 – PWYP UK has published Comparing UK EITI and Mandatory Payments to Governments Data for 2016. This 12-page report compares data released via the UK Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) with payments disclosed under UK and other European Union member state regulations implementing the EU Accounting and Transparency Directives’ country-by-country reporting requirements for extractive companies. The assessment investigates the degree of consistency between extractives companies’ total disclosed payments to UK government entities as reported under the two transparency regimes, and the extent and implications of, and reasons for, major variances. Read full story. Download the report.
UK Government review confirms commitment to extractives transparency, welcomed by PWYP UK and others
June/July 2018 – Citing significant input from PWYP coalitions and members, and from transparency champions, the UK Government’s post-implementation review report on the Reports on Payments to Governments Regulations 2014 has concluded that much good work has been done to encourage transparency and accountability in the extractive industries and reaffirms the UK’s high-profile policy commitment in this area. PWYP UK has welcomed the conclusions of the review, especially that “this type of reporting does not disadvantage company business interests, including their relationships with governments”. Global Witness praised the report as setting “a positive example for decision-makers in the US and EU, where similar transparency rules for extractive companies are also coming under review”. And the US Lugar Center highlighted in its comment No burden, no competitive harm from extractives reporting how the UK “takes seriously its global leadership role and its international commitments” in this area.
PWYP UK publishes brief multilingual guides to accessing UK-based extractive company reports on payments to governments
June 2018 – To help PWYP coalitions, member organisations and others in civil society access and use the 90-plus UK-based extractive companies’ payments to governments reports, PWYP UK has published a short practical guide in English, French and Spanish to accessing the data. PWYP UK’s accompanying blog in English, French and Spanish encourages civil society to access the reports and use the data, and proposes new data-based advocacy partnerships.
PWYP EU members’ analysis and advocacy priorities for EU review of Accounting and Transparency directives’ extractives reporting provisions
April 2018 – PWYP UK and other PWYP EU coalitions and members have finalised their policy analysis and advocacy priorities for the EU review of extractives payments to governments reporting under Accounting Directive chapter 10 and Transparency Directive article 6. Read the full paper or short summary.
PWYP UK urges US Securities and Exchange Commission to maintain global extractive transparency standard in new rulemaking
March 2018 – PWYP UK has written to US SEC Chair Jay Clayton and the four SEC Commissioners urging them to ensure that their new rule for the bipartisan Cardin-Lugar anti-corruption provision, Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act, aligns strongly with existing reporting requirements for oil, gas and mining companies incorporated and publicly listed on stock exchanges in Europe and Canada. Read the letter here.
Transparency champions and PWYP UK call on UK to maintain oil & mining disclosure momentum
November 2017 – Leading advocates of country-by-country payments to governments reporting by oil, gas and mining companies have joined Publish What You Pay UK in calling on the UK government to continue to lead the global push for greater transparency in the extractive industries as part of the fight against corruption and for citizen empowerment in resource-rich countries. Read the story here and the full PWYP UK submission here.
Steering Group, coordination and funding
PWYP UK Steering group members
- Dominic Eagleton – Global Witness
- Habte Hagos – Eritrea Focus
- Joseph Kraus – ONE
- Anne Lindsay – CAFOD
- Genevieve Theriault-Lachance – Rights and Accountability in Development (RAID)
- Joseph Williams – Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI)
PWYP UK Coordinator Miles Litvinoff (contact details above right) currently works under a consultancy contract with ONE, funded by grants from PWYP UK members and non-member donors.
PWYP UK’s 2018 income and expenditure summary is available here.