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Catalysing transformative change in beneficial ownership transparency
EITI and Open Ownership · Sep 2020

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and Open Ownership (OO) are partnering to develop and deliver Opening Extractives, a new global programme to bring about transformative change in the availability and use of beneficial ownership (BO) information for effective governance of natural resources across the value chain. In order to inform the design of this programme, which the organisations have been invited to submit as a proposal to the BHP Foundation, EITI and OO conducted primary and secondary research to ensure that the assumptions upon which the programme was being designed are valid, and to collect additional evidence to complement the knowledge and experience of both organisations.

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Beneficial Ownership Transparency In Armenia: Scoping Study
Peter Low, Kadie Armstrong, Louise Russell-Prywata · Aug 2020

This report summarizes findings from Open Ownership’s scoping study into beneficial ownership transparency in Armenia in 2020. We provide a detailed assessment of Armenia’s BO regime, analysing current and planned reforms against OO’s principles of effective BO disclosure. The issues and recommendations in this report will also be relevant to other EITI countries, particularly those using sectoral disclosures as a pilot for economy-wide systems.

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Open Ownership brand guidelines
Open Ownership · Jul 2020

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OpenOwnership response to Consultation on strengthening corporate beneficial ownership transparency in Canada
OpenOwnership · Mar 2020

OpenOwnership’s response to Canada’s Consultation on strengthening corporate beneficial ownership transparency.

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OpenOwnership response to British Columbia consultation on a Public Beneficial Ownership Registry
OpenOwnership · Mar 2020

OpenOwnership’s contribution to the British Columbia (B.C.) consultation on a public beneficial ownership (BO) registry. This response is focused on why making the proposed BO registry public would improve its policy impact.

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OpenOwnership response to BEIS consultation on Corporate Transparency and Register Reform
OpenOwnership · Aug 2019

OpenOwnership’s response to the UK Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), in response to its consultation on Corporate Transparency and Register Reform.

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What we really mean when we talk about verification
· Jun 2019

A guide to data quality and verification

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Disclosure Principles for Beneficial Ownership Leadership Group
Zosia Sztykowski · May 2019

Declaration of national commitment to meet the Beneficial Ownership Transparency Disclosure Principles

A new global norm of beneficial ownership transparency

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Data Protection And Privacy In Beneficial Ownership Disclosure
OpenOwnership, The B Team and The Engine Room · May 2019

This is a research report from OpenOwnership, The B Team and The Engine Room in which we consider the legal implications of public beneficial ownership data to the public, evaluated from both the perspective of the companies holding that information and the authorities requiring it to be disclosed publicly, and the relationship with data protection and privacy laws.

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A Summary Guide to Implementing Beneficial Ownership Transparency
OpenOwnership · May 2019

This booklet summarises our online guide to implementing beneficial ownership transparency. This guide provides practical resources for governments implementing beneficial ownership transparency, and shares the knowledge and good practice being developed by countries around the world. It breaks down implementation into six focus areas: Consider, Commit, Legal, Systems, Data and Publish. www.openownership.org/guide

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Privacy or public interest? Making the case for public information on company ownership
OpenOwnership, The B Team and The Engine Room · Mar 2019

This is a summary of a research report from OpenOwnership, The B Team and The Engine Room in which we consider the legal implications of public beneficial ownership data to the public, evaluated from both the perspective of the companies holding that information and the authorities requiring it to be disclosed publicly, and the relationship with data protection and privacy laws.

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Implementing beneficial ownership transparency in the Kyrgyz Republic extractives sector — findings and recommendations
Louise Russell-Prywata, Jack Lord · Mar 2019

This report summarizes findings from Open Ownership’s scoping visit to the Kyrgyz Republic in September 2018, and the research surrounding the visit. It makes recommendations for improvements to the legal and regulatory environment, business process and technical tools that will enable the Kyrgyz Republic to fulfil its policy objective and generate useful beneficial ownership data. The issues and recommendations in this report will also be relevant to other EITI countries implementing beneficial ownership transparency commitments in line with the EITI Standard.

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OpenOwnership Pilot Program: Summary of Methodology
Zosia Sztykowski, Louise Rusell Prywata, Francesca Baker · Jan 2019

The OpenOwnership Pilot Program supports national governments to establish open beneficial ownership registers that meets policy goals — from improving the business environment to tackling corruption and money laundering. It distinguishes itself from similar programs in that support is provided in-kind, and across the the range of policy and technical issues that are involved in publishing effective, high-quality data.

This document outlines how the pilot program operates, the benefits of being involved, our priorities for selecting country partners, and the implementation journey through which we support governments to progress from commitment to effective implementation.

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Beneficial ownership transparency, privacy and data protection - IACC
Tom Walker, The Engine Room · Jan 2019

At the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) in 2018 Tom Walker of The Engine Room gave a presentation on the case for beneficial ownership transparency and its relationship to privacy and data protection.

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The Beneficial Ownership Data Standard — Tools for developing good quality data
OpenOwnership · Jan 2019

The Beneficial Ownership Data Standard provides a way to organise information about companies and their beneficial owners. It means that if you publish data in this format others will easily be able to understand it and computer systems will be able to process it. You can think of BODS as template into which you can place beneficial ownership information. This presentation explains more about it.

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The Beneficial Ownership Transparency Network - slides from OGP Summit 2018
Zosia Sztykowski · Aug 2018

Presentations on “What we really mean when we talk about verification?” and “Implementation steps for beneficial ownership transparency”.

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Introducing the beneficial ownership data standard - slides from the OGP Global Summit 2018
Zosia Sztykowski · Aug 2018

Collated presentations from the OpenOwnership Beneficial Ownership Data Standard workshop in Tblisi, Georgia on 16 July 2018 as part of the OGP Global Summit.

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OpenOwnership Mission Statement 2018
Zosia Sztykowski · Aug 2018

Anonymously-owned companies stand in the way of better, fairer markets and a more just society. Our mission is to drive greater corporate transparency across the world by making it easy to publish and access high-quality, linked data about who owns companies. 3

Our Mission Statement sets out our vision, as well as our current strategic priorities and the key goals we want to achieve by 2020.

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Improving beneficial ownership transparency in Ukraine: Review and recommendations
Zosia Sztykowski and Tom Mayne · Mar 2018

Ukraine became the second country in the world after the United Kingdom to implement a public register of the beneficial owners of corporate entities registered in country. Laws were passed in 2014 and 2015, and a decree of the Cabinet of Ministers stipulated that this information should be published by Spring 2016.

The goal of this report is to determine the best next steps to take during an update of the companies register that is planned for 2018. This report is based on in-depth research and meetings with key officials and stakeholders in Ukraine which helped us formulate our findings.

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Learning the lessons from the UK’s public beneficial ownership register
OpenOwnership and Global Witness · Nov 2017

In 2016 the UK became one of the first countries to create a public register of the beneficial owners of companies. The UK register, called the register of Persons with Significant Control (PSC), has both demonstrated the feasibility of public registers and set new standards in publishing the data as open data, allowing others to analyse the data in bulk. While the UK register has been pioneering, there is much that can be learnt - both to improve the UK register and for others considering or establishing public beneficial ownership registers.

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Briefing: The case for public beneficial ownership registers
OpenOwnership · Jul 2017

Many jurisdictions around the world are considering implementing public registers of benefcial ownership. Here, we answer some of the most frequently asked questions by policymakers and implementers about public benefcial ownership data.

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Briefing: The case for beneficial ownership as open data
OpenOwnership · Jul 2017

Open data is digital “structured” or “machine-readable” data that is “made available with the technical and legal characteristics necessary for it to be freely used, reused, and redistributed by anyone, anytime, anywhere.” In other words, any user of open beneficial ownership data should be able to access the data, search it freely and/or download it as structured data – for example, a .csv file that can be imported into Excel – , and use it for any purpose.

Inherent in this definition is that the data should be accessible to the public, which we cover in another briefing (“The case for public beneficial ownership data”). Here, we briefly cover the benefits of publishing beneficial ownership as structured data.

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