What does true transparency mean in today's complex, connected and data-driven world? To us, it means the ability to: Access the resource you needFind the records you needUnderstand the recordsCompare the records to each otherJoin the records to other records – to make sense of them This is true transparency, and it's the transparency that … Continue reading Functional opacity in company data: What it is & why it matters
We recently posted about the legislative steps needed to open up access to company data and shed light on global money flows, as well as the true ownership of companies. But it’s not all down to governments – companies themselves have a key role to play, starting at board level. In this blog post, we … Continue reading Corporate transparency: A call to action for boards
Hot on the heels of Transparency International’s recently released 2021 Corruption Perceptions Index, Shanti Salas, Vice President at OpenCorporates, speaks on the RiskWatch Podcast, by VCheck Global. The episode covers a myriad of topics including global corruption concerns, transparency obstacles posed by shell companies and supply chain data shortcomings. Shanti was joined by: Seth Harlan, Senior Associate, … Continue reading RiskWatch Podcast: Talking transparency
TISCreport is an online platform with a bold ambition: to help end corruption, human rights abuses and environmental crimes. It aims to deliver on this mission by shining a light on the companies that make up corporate supply chains using a range of data sources, especially those that take an open data approach. Read on … Continue reading OpenCorporates’ data helps TISCreport go global
TL;DR OpenCorporates has come a long way in the past 6 years, and is increasingly core infrastructure for the corporate world, not to mention an essential tool for journalists, investigators, NGOs and governments. It’s time to ensure that its corporate structure reflects and safeguards that position, ensuring it will always act in the public … Continue reading A corporate structure for the public benefit and the long term
This is the first in an occasional series of resources for background reading on corporate transparency space (see also Impact of Open Company Data), to help new OpenCorporates staff and the wider open data community get up to speed. These are also works-in-progress, and a call for contributions; tell us what we’ve missed and what else … Continue reading Reading list: Beneficial Ownership Transparency
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?
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