How does open company data impact women’s rights?

That might sound like an absurd question. The benefits accrued from transparency, fighting corruption and money laundering, and enabling good business practise help everyone, right? Then why am I writing about women? At OpenCorporates and OpenOwnership, we’ve been thinking about the structures that enable corruption that the macro and micro level. Whether it is underlying … Continue reading How does open company data impact women’s rights?

Going to IODC? Help us design the Global Beneficial Ownership Register

Grand corruption is a networked problem; to fight it we need a networked solution, and nowhere is this more true than who controls and benefits from companies. The Global Beneficial Ownership Register will tackle this, by collecting and linking together beneficial ownership datasets and self-disclosed corporate data. By doing this, it will enable investigators and … Continue reading Going to IODC? Help us design the Global Beneficial Ownership Register

Every person’s guide to Beneficial Ownership/ company control as data

Last month, OpenCorporates launched WhoControlsIt, a proof-of-concept, open-source 'Beneficial Ownership' register. This post explains some of the concepts and data issues behind the register – which sounds geeky, but is essential for everyone involved in this area to understand (we've kept the references to code to almost zero), and we hope we've succeeded in making … Continue reading Every person’s guide to Beneficial Ownership/ company control as data

Open company data on the rise: featuring G8, World Bank, EITI…

This month has been a good month for open corporate data, with a number of significant developments, all of them positive, and OpenCorporates is proud to have played a significant part in many of them. First, and perhaps most exciting for us has been the launch of the Open Company Data Index, supported by the World Bank … Continue reading Open company data on the rise: featuring G8, World Bank, EITI…

What makes a good company register? Part 1: The public purpose

This is the first in a series of posts on company registers – why they exist, what they should do, and how they should do it, based on OpenCorporates' interactions with over 70 of them. Over the past six months, we've been asked again and again: What does a good company register look like – what … Continue reading What makes a good company register? Part 1: The public purpose

Corruption, corporate transparency, open data & business models: OKFest presentations

For those who weren't able to make the Open Knowledge Festival in Helsinki, here are OpenCorporates' two presentations. The first was Open Data: What's In It For Business? and focuses on how businesses can get benefit from publishing open data, and looks at OpenCorporates' business model. The second, "Corruption, Corporate Transparency & Open Data" examines how … Continue reading Corruption, corporate transparency, open data & business models: OKFest presentations