[Podcast] Pandora Papers: How open company data enabled the investigation

The revelations of the Pandora Papers, one of the biggest journalism investigations, can’t have escaped your attention recently. 

Whilst the findings of the investigation are well-documented, this podcast covers the enabling role open company data plays in investigative reporting.

Two exciting guest speakers who were at the core of the International Consortium of Investigative Reporters’ (ICIJ) Pandora Papers investigation join Rebecca Lee, our Chief Impact Officer, to discuss the role of open company data, including data from OpenCorporates, in their work.

Pandora Papers: A wake up call? OpenCorporates Podcasts

The Pandora Papers came and went. Now what? Following the publication of the Pandora Papers in early October 2021, this podcast analyses the legacy of the investigation so far, and what the anti-financial crime community should be doing in response. The investigation can and should act as a wake up call – driving forward the kind of meaningful change that has progressed through the legislative agenda in fits and starts as of late. Topics Significance of the Pandora Papers Is any of this really ‘new’ for risk & compliance professionals? Concrete steps to promote the kind of corporate transparency needed to deter the abuse of corporate vehicles as has been seen in the Pandora Papers Legislative measures on the table that could promote greater corporate transparency Is it enough for firms to simply ‘do more due diligence’ as is often called for after high-profile investigations are published? Guest speakers Shanti Salas, Vice President, OpenCorporates (Moderator) Rebecca Lee, Chief Impact Officer, OpenCorporates Laeti Hoffmann, Market Specialist, Due Diligence, Dow Jones Risk & Compliance
  1. Pandora Papers: A wake up call?
  2. Pandora Papers: How open company data enabled the investigation
  3. Transparent company data & investigations

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  • How company data, including data from OpenCorporates, helped support ICIJ’s Pandora Papers investigation

  • Challenges of accessing the company data needed for investigative reporting from official registries

  • Global state of access to company data, and changes our guest speakers would like to see to aid public benefit causes such as investigative reporting

  • Advice from our guest speakers for any journalists who want to start using company data in their investigations

Guest speakers:

  • Emilia Díaz-Struck, Research Editor, ICIJ

  • Delphine Reuter, Data Journalist & Researcher, ICIJ


22 minutes 

In case you missed it…

OpenCorporates recently published a response piece, where we outline why the Pandora Papers ought to act as a wake up call – highlighting (yet again) the need for open company data as a vital ingredient of corporate transparency and for society and business to push for the reforms needed to create meaningful change.
Read blog here >

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