Disclosure/use of payments to governments - an introduction

Below are select introductory materials on business and disclosure/use of payments to governments.  Further reports from a wide range of sources are in the "Disclosure/use of payments to govts." section of our site.

Key reports & guidance

Extactive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) Business Guide

To Have And Have Not: Resource Governance in the 21st Century [PDF], Patrick Alley, Celio Bermann, Luke Danielson, Heidi Feldt, Sudha Mahalingam, Alejandro Nadal, Chandran Nair, Samuel Nguiffo, Silas Siakor, for Heinrich Boell Foundation [Germany], 30 May 2007

Promoting Revenue Transparency: 2008 Report on Revenue Transparency of Oil and Gas Companies [PDF], Transparency International 2008 

EITI: The Case for Company-by-Company Reporting, Revenue Watch, July 27, 2009

World Investment Report - Transnational Corporations, Extractive Industries and Development [PDF], UN Conference on Trade & Development (UNCTAD), Aug 2007

Total Impact: The Human Rights, Environmental, and Financial Impacts of Total and Chevron's Yadana Gas Project in Military-Ruled Burma (Myanmar), EarthRights International, Sep 2009 

Well Oiled - Oil and Human Rights in Equatorial Guinea, Human Rights Watch, 9 Jul 2009

Concerns, company responses & non-responses

The Resource Centre invites companies to respond to allegations of misconduct.  Below are examples of allegations and company responses regarding disclosure/use of payments to governments.  We also indicate when a company has not responded.

Angola: Global Witness report & Financial Times article raise concerns that loan to Angola's state oil company Sonangol will perpetuate corruption & poverty, Oct 2005.  Response from Barclays, Calyon, Deutsche Bank, KBC, Natexis Banques Populaires, Royal Bank of Scotland. No response received from Banco Espirito Santo, Commerzbank, Standard Chartered.

Chad: Publish What You Pay coalition & Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic call on ExxonMobil to refuse Chad’s request to pay oil revenues directly to government instead of into escrow account for poverty reduction, Mar 2006.  No response from ExxonMobil.

West Papua/Indonesia: NY Times front-page report raises concerns about payments to Indonesian military, environmental impacts of Grasberg mine, Jan 2006.  Response from Freeport-McMoRan.

Zambia: Christian Aid & other organizations call on multinationals in Zambia to give the country "a better deal" in copper mining contracts, Nov 2007. Response from Vedanta Resources, Zambia Copper.

 

Zimbabwe: Opponents of President Mugabe say loans to govt. are “insult” to victims of human rights abuses, Jan 2007. Response from Barclays.

 
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