Covid relief funds: How OpenCorporates’ data helped expose exploitation of the US Paycheck Protection Program

The US government’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was intended to be a lifeline for small businesses hit hard by the impact of Covid-19. In recent months, $659 billion in low-interest loans has been offered to businesses as an incentive to keep employees on their payroll despite the havoc caused by the pandemic. The US Small … Continue reading Covid relief funds: How OpenCorporates’ data helped expose exploitation of the US Paycheck Protection Program

Press Release: Oliver Ratzesberger, former Teradata CEO, appointed chair of OpenCorporates

Big data thought leader brings growth & tech experience – to accelerate OpenCorporates’ mission to create a trusted & transparent global business environment  London, October 13: OpenCorporates Ltd, the largest open database of companies in the world, and key infrastructure in anti-financial crime and master company data, is proud to announce the appointment of Oliver … Continue reading Press Release: Oliver Ratzesberger, former Teradata CEO, appointed chair of OpenCorporates

Show me the money: How OpenCorporates’ data helps Trase Finance shine a light on who finances deforestation

Tropical rainforest deforestation has a damaging impact on biodiversity and the climate. Whilst this is well known, what isn’t so well understood is who finances the activities, directly or indirectly, that lead to deforestation. That’s why Trase Finance has been created. The newly created tool aims to bring unprecedented transparency to the hundreds of billions … Continue reading Show me the money: How OpenCorporates’ data helps Trase Finance shine a light on who finances deforestation

OpenCorporates collaborates with the Financial Conduct Authority on Covid-related fraud prevention

With the onset of Covid-19, businesses and individuals have needed to navigate unprecedented difficulties and change. The resulting disruption is being taken advantage of by would-be fraudsters, who are using the pandemic to perpetrate fraud and scams. Technology and data have key roles to play in improving the detection of fraudulent activity, such as through … Continue reading OpenCorporates collaborates with the Financial Conduct Authority on Covid-related fraud prevention

How open company data helps Global Witness investigate corruption

Investigators, NGOs and campaigners around the world rely on OpenCorporates’ open company data to uncover and expose corruption. This is because legal entities are often a key part of the toolkit that criminals use to hide their ownership of assets or involvement in illicit activity. Sam Leon, Data Investigations Lead at Global Witness, explains how … Continue reading How open company data helps Global Witness investigate corruption

Meet our trustees: Jane Wales

The OpenCorporates Trust is the entity that guarantees OpenCorporates’ public-benefit mission and ensures we always operate to open up company data for the public good. One of our trustees is Jane Wales, a leading figure in philanthropy, government and journalism. Jane is the founder of the Global Philanthropy Forum and Vice President of the Aspen … Continue reading Meet our trustees: Jane Wales

Is this a fork in the road for EU company data?

8 years ago, OpenCorporates surveyed access to official company register data in the EU. To our knowledge, this was the first time that this had been done in a systematic way.  The results were not good.  Data and access were routinely restricted on a pay-to-play basis. If you had the money, you could access it … Continue reading Is this a fork in the road for EU company data?

Luminate grant to accelerate OpenCorporates’ impact

At OpenCorporates, our mission is to make global corporate transparency mainstream by opening up public company information. So we are delighted to announce that OpenCorporates has received a grant from the philanthropic organisation Luminate, allowing us to accelerate our progress towards these goals by unlocking the utility and impact of our data. To do this, … Continue reading Luminate grant to accelerate OpenCorporates’ impact

Meet our trustees: Mike Olson

The OpenCorporates Trust is the entity that guarantees OpenCorporates’ public-benefit mission and ensures we always operate to open up company data for the public good. One of our trustees is Mike Olson (@mikeolson), who co-founded Cloudera. He served as its CEO until 2013, and its chief strategy officer (CSO) until June 2019. He was also … Continue reading Meet our trustees: Mike Olson

Goodbye 2019, Hello 2020

This post is by Chris Taggart, OpenCorporates' CEO and Co-Founder 2019 was a momentous year for OpenCorporates. We achieved much: reached 180 million companies in our database, including the extremely complex jurisdiction of Germany, launched our new Corporate Events feature, took the Quebec company register to court and won, and saw our data used in … Continue reading Goodbye 2019, Hello 2020