In 2016 for the first time, more than 80 UK-registered and London Stock Exchange-listed oil, gas and mining companies began to report their payments to governments in all countries where they operate, as required by UK laws implementing the 2013 EU Accounting and Transparency Directives. In 2016 and 2017 the UK published its first and second reports respectively on extractive company payments to UK government bodies as an Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) member country. PWYP UK was closely involved in processes leading to both these outcomes and continues to monitor developments.
PWYP UK urges parties to commit to extractives transparency in 2017 election manifestos
April 2017 – PWYP UK members wrote to the Prime Minister, the International Development Secretary the Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office the Rt Hon Ben Gummer MP and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility Margot James MP, to Shadow Labour ministers Kate Osamor MP (International Development) and Rebecca Long Bailey MP (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), and to Shadow Liberal Democrat ministers Baroness Sheehan (International Development) and Lord Foster (Business and Industrial Strategy), urging the parties to commit strongly in their 2017 general election manifestos to promote extractives transparency. Read the letters here.
PWYP UK provides reporting guidance for oil, gas and mining companies
March 2017 – Global Witness, the Natural Resource Governance Institute and PWYP UK have compiled reporting guidance for oil, gas and mining companies required to disclose under the UK Reports on Payments to Governments Regulations and sent the guidance to UK-registered and London Stock Exchange Main Market-listed extractive companies. The guidance aims to achieve maximum clarity and comprehensiveness in companies’ reports on their payments to governments, to provide citizens and investors with the most useful information and to allow companies to achieve the greatest possible benefit from their transparency efforts. Download the guidance.
PM Theresa May’s office reaffirms commitment to international action on extractives transparency
March 2017 – In response to PWYP UK’s earlier letter to Prime Minister Theresa May , No. 10 Downing Street has reaffirmed that “The Government remains committed to [international action on transparency], and will continue to work with other jurisdictions around the world to raise global standards of transparency in the oil, gas and mineral sectors.” Read the letter.
PWYP UK members call on UK Government to maintain international leadership on extractive industry transparency
February 2017 – PWYP UK members wrote to Business Minister Margot James, Treasury Minister Simon Kirby and International Development Secretary Priti Patel, calling on them to ensure that the UK Government continues to champion a strong global extractive industry transparency standard.
PWYP UK members urge PM Theresa May to defend oil transparency anti-corruption law in the US this week
January 2017 – Ahead of Theresa May’s visit to the United States, PWYP UK members urge the Prime Minster and her officials to persuade their US counterparts and American legislators to ensure that the Cardin-Lugar anti-corruption rule (Dodd-Frank Section 1504) remains intact. Read the letter.
Extractive companies publish worldwide payments under UK law
January 2017 – Mandatory reporting by oil, gas and mining companies under European Union country-by-country disclosure laws began in the UK and France in 2016. Key aspects of the reporting requirements – which have equivalents in Norway, Canada and the USA – are especially useful in preventing corruption … Read more
Case study: Using UK company data as an accountability tool
December 2016 – As part of PWYP’s Data Extractors programme, PWYP UK Coordinator Miles Litvinoff describes in this case study how five PWYP country coalitions have used UK companies’ mandatory payment disclosures to engage with host country governments and reporting companies. More detailed project summary available here.
PWYP panel discussion on extractives data, transparency and accountability at OGP Summit, Paris
December 2016 – PWYP Executive Director Elisa Peter chaired an excellent panel and discussion on “Extractives data: how the world has changed, and what lies ahead” in a packed room at the Open Government Partnership Summit in Paris. Speakers were from DFID, oil company Total, ex-Philippines government, and PWYP – Marco Zaplan of Bantay Kita/PWYP Philippines and Miles Litvinoff of PWYP UK. Read how the discussion went at #PWYPOpenData tweets (8 December).
Bloomberg cites PWYP/NRGI evidence on commodity trading in UK committee report
October 2016 – Coverage by Bloomberg of this week’s report on Tackling corruption overseas from the UK House of Commons International Development Committee cites PWYP’s joint input with NRGI of evidence on the need for a global transparency standard for the physical trading worldwide of oil, gas and minerals.
Updated fact sheet on the UK mandatory reporting requirements
October 2016 – Download our updated summary of key requirements of the UK’s reporting regulations for registered extractive companies and its reporting rules for publicly listed extractive companies, and their relation to provisions in the EU Accounting and Transparency Directives.
Prime Minister May’s letter to NGOs reaffirms UK government’s anti-corruption commitment
September 2016 – Prime Minister Theresa May’s 9 September letter to Bond outlines her post-Brexit plans for global development, including a commitment to continue fighting corruption. “We are also, as a priority, working to deliver on the commitments that the UK made, alongside other countries and organisations, at the London Anti-Corruption Summit in May. Successfully fighting corruption will promote prosperity, improve stability and reduce poverty in developing countries,” she writes. Full letter available here.
Secretary of State for International Development commits to work for trading transparency
May 2016 – In a reply to PWYP Executive Director Elisa Peter and others following the London Anti-Corruption Summit, UK Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening acknowledged the economic significance of payments to governments for the sale of oil, gas and minerals and stated that “The UK has an important role to play as one of the world’s largest commodity trading hubs, to ensure that these sales become transparent.” Read the letter here. PWYP will continue to work with others and to engage with the UK and other governments to achieve a common global reporting standard for extractives trading.
PWYP UK urges open data reporting requirement for London-listed extractive companies
May 2016 – PWYP UK’s submission to the Financial Conduct Authority consultation on open data reporting for extractive companies listed on the London Stock Exchange urges the prescription of open data reporting for financial years starting 1 January 2016. Read the submission.
PWYP and others urge action on trading at London Anti-Corruption Summit
April 2016 – PWYP, NRGI, Global Witness, Christian Aid and others wrote to Prime Minister David Cameron urging him to ensure that the 12 May Anti-Corruption Summit in London addresses one of the major remaining areas of opacity and corruption risk in the oil, gas and minerals sector: physical commodity trading. Letters were also sent to other UK ministers. Read the letter here.
The UK publishes its first EITI report
April 2016 – As the UK publishes its first EITI report, PWYP UK Coordinator Miles Litvinoff comments on the process and the result. Read more.
PWYP and NRGI evidence to UK International Development Committee inquiry
March 2016 – Written evidence from PWYP and NRGI, endorsed by Global Witness and Oxfam GB, urges the UK government to bring payments to governments related to oil, gas and mineral commodities trading, and to transportation and export, social payments, and payments to state security forces within the mandatory reporting regime; extend the regime to AIM; and influence the Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies to introduce similar disclosure requirements. Read the submission.
UK EITI Civil Society Network adopts Membership Principles
February 2016 – The Civil Society Network for the UK Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative has adopted a set of Membership Principles to govern its affairs, including for the election of civil society representatives to the UK EITI Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG).
PWYP UK urges UK Government to advance natural resource transparency in third OGP National Action Plan
December 2015 – As the UK Government develops its third Open Government Partnership National Action Plan for 2016-18, PWYP UK and the Natural Resource Governance Institute are engaging with officials to advance the UK’s contribution to payment and revenue transparency in the world’s oil, gas and mining industries by: (1) ensuring that UK- (London Stock Exchange-) listed as well as UK-incorporated extractive companies report their payments using open data; (2) working for EU-wide transparency in oil, gas and minerals commodity trading; (3) extending extractives disclosure to transportation and export activities, payments to governments for social expenditures and payments to state security forces; (4) extending the UK disclosure regime to companies listed on AIM (London’s Alternative Investment Market) and influencing the Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies to require disclosure. Read our commodities trading transparency briefing and general OGP briefing.
PWYP UK urges UK Treasury to require open data reporting by all London Stock Exchange-listed extractive companies
July 2015 - With the UK Treasury still appearing reluctant to prescribe open data payment reporting for non-UK-incorporated London-listed extractive companies, PWYP UK members have written to the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, David Gauke MP, highlighting this inconsistency with the UK’s Open Government Partnership and 2013 G8 commitments on open and machine-readable data and urging a rethink. Read the letter here. PWYP UK followed up with a letter to Cabinet Office Minister with responsibilities for the UK’s Open Government commitments, Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP, here.
PWYP UK writes to outgoing government ministers to acknowledge progress on extractives transparency
April 2015 – As the general election campaign opened, PWYP UK wrote to Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Business Secretary Vince Cable and Business Minister Jo Swinson to acknowledge outgoing government ministers’ important contribution to advancing the global standard for extractive industry transparency during the last Parliament.
PWYP UK Members write to UK ministers to urge rejection of faulty industry guidance
February and March 2015 – PWYP UK members have written to Deputy Prime Minster Nick Clegg and Business Minister Jo Swinson to express concern about current industry guidance for the UK extractive industry reporting regulations. Civil society’s legal advice states that the draft guidance is inaccurate, incorrect and misleading. Former Shell Vice President Alan Detheridge has also written to the Business Minister to alert the Government to flaws in the guidance.
QC’s legal opinion supports PWYP UK position on industry guidance
February 2015 – Legal opinion from K.P.E. Lasok QC, a leading EU law specialist and Head of Monckton Chambers, finds that draft industry guidance for the UK extractive industry reporting regulations is “inaccurate”, “incorrect”, “highly unsatisfactory”, “misleading and wrong”. Read the two opinions here and here.
UK applies transparency law to extractive companies publicly listed on UK-regulated markets
December 2014 – With the Disclosure and Transparency Rules (Reports on Payments to Governments) Instrument 2014 coming into force on 22 December 2014, the UK completed implementation of anti-corruption provisions for UK-listed oil, gas, mining and logging companies under the 2013 EU Transparency Directive, following its implementation of these provisions for UK-registered companies under the 2013 EU Accounting Directive.
About the PWYP UK coalition
The PWYP UK coalition engaged with UK and European Union politicians, officials, companies, investors and others to help secure the EU’s adoption of strong mandatory reporting rules for oil, gas and mining companies under the 2013 Accounting and Transparency Directives. PWYP UK worked with the UK Government to achieve early and effective UK transposition and implementation in 2014, and to ensure that country- and project-level payment data published under the Directives and UK law from 2016 onwards meets open data principles. The coalition monitors company reporting under the mandatory transparency requirements and engages with the UK’s implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).
Steering Group, coordination and funding
PWYP UK Steering group members:
Anne Lindsay – CAFOD
Dominic Eagleton – Global Witness
James Royston – PWYP International
Joseph Kraus – ONE
Joseph Williams – Natural Resource Governance Institute
PWYP UK Coordinator Miles Litvinoff (contact details below) currently (2017) works under consultancy contracts with Global Witness and with the Natural Resource Governance Institute. PWYP UK members and PWYP International pool funding via these arrangements to fund this work. A list of current PWYP UK member organisations is included below.
Miles Litvinoff was been a civil society representative on the UK EITI Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG) from its inception in 2013 to March 2017. From 2013 to 2016 PWYP UK coordinated the UK EITI Civil Society Network, which elected civil society members to the MSG.