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In 2010, PWYP-US was successful in getting the US to pass a groundbreaking transparency law that required all US-listed oil, gas and mining companies to disclose what they pay for the right to explore, develop, and extract natural resources. PWYP-US then worked with other PWYP coalitions to ensure that Section 1504 (also known as the Cardin-Lugar provision of the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010) catalyzed the development of sister provisions around the world. Now, 30 countries (Canada, the EU and Norway) are implementing transparency laws modeled on Section 1504, and we finally have access to data that is critical to holding companies and governments accountable.

Despite the global momentum, legislative and regulatory challenges remain in the US. In 2017, the Trump Administration repealed Cardin-Lugar’s implementing rule and a legislative repeal effort was introduced in the House.

PWYP-US is currently focused on ensuring the protection and implementation of Section 1504; working with PWYP International and global partners to harness mandatory disclosure data for corporate and government accountability; and coordinating with the PWYP network to protect and advance the global transparency standard. PWYP-US is coordinating members to submit compelling evidence to the Securities and Exchange Commission (the regulatory agency currently drafting a new proposed rule to implement 1504) with the aim of supporting the development of a strong, effective rule. PWYP-US also supports and promotes the visualization and use of available payment data for influencing and reform, primarily through its Extract A Fact website.

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Amnesty International USA external website link >
Bank Information Center external website link >
CARE external website link >
Catholic Relief Services external website link >
Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach external website link >
CorpWatch external website link >
Crude Accountability external website link >
EarthRights International external website link >
Earthworks external website link >
EG Justice external website link >
EIRIS Conflict Risk Network external website link >
Environmental Defense Fund external website link >
Friends of the Earth external website link >
Gender Action external website link >
Global Financial Integrity external website link >
Global Rights external website link >
Global Witness external website link >
Government Accountability Project external website link >
Human Rights Watch external website link >
International Budget Project external website link >
International Labor Rights Forum external website link >
Justice in Nigeria Now external website link >
Micah Challenge USA external website link >
Natural Resource Governance Institute external website link >
ONE external website link >
Open Society Policy Center external website link >
Oxfam America external website link >
Pacific Environment external website link >
Presbyterian Church USA external website link >
Project on Government Oversight external website link >
Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights external website link >
Sierra Club external website link >
Sustainable Energy & Economy Network external website link >
The Borgen Project
United End to Genocide external website link >
United Methodist General Board of Church and Society external website link >
United Steelworkers external website link >

Related Resources

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Fact Sheet – SEC Final Rule for Section 1504

On June 27, 2016, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to approve regulations to implement Section 1504, or the Cardin-Lugar Amendment, of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Financial Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Section 1504 requires any oil, gas or mining company filing an annual report with the SEC to disclose their country and project-level…

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Fact-sheet - Canada extractive transparency law

On December 17th, 2014 the Government of Canada passed into law the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act as part of omnibus legislation Bill C-43. Under this Act, publicly traded and large private oil, gas, and mining companies must publicly disclose payments to governments, not just in Canada, but around the world. Read the the fact…

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Fact Sheet - SEC Rules for Oil and Mineral Payment Disclosure

On August 22, 2012, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to approve regulations to implement Section 1504, or the Cardin-Lugar Amendment, of the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Section 1504 requires any oil, gas or mining company reporting to the SEC to disclose their country and project-level payments to host governments…

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Civil society around the world calls on the SEC

544 PWYP members from around the world wrote to the SEC Chair, Mary Jo White, urging the Commission to reissue a strong implementing rule for Dodd-Frank 1504. You can view the letter - with all its signees - in PDF. The Honorable Mary Jo White Chair U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission 100 F Street NE…

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