Support Transparency & Accountability

Write to your MP today to ask them to support ground-breaking new transparency legislation.

We at the Global Poverty Project along with our friends at ONE and Publish What You Pay are supporting Anas Sarwar's 10 Minute Rule Bill which requires oil, gas and mining companies to publish what they pay to foreign governments in fees, taxes and royalties.

Why Transparency?

This bill is critical in fighting corruption and helping those who live in extreme poverty because it by publishing what they pay to foreign governments citizens of resource-rich countries are able to hold their governments to account.

For many developing countries, the sale of natural resources has the potential to provide vast sums of public money to lift millions out of poverty. But secrecy in the management of the massive revenues from oil, gas and mining companies in countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and Angola has meant that the country's impoverished people have seen little or no benefit.

Last year the United States took a landmark step towards greater transparency by introducing a law which requires all oil, gas and mining companies listed on the US stock exchange to disclose all payments they make to foreign governments. Citizens in producing countries will now be able to use this information to hold their governments to account so that these revenues can be used for desperately needed services like schools and hospitals.

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What needs to happen?

A new Bill to require UK-listed oil, gas and mining companies to publish their payments to governments will be introduced to the House of Commons on the 1st March. It is being proposed by a cross-party group of back-bench MPs and it is vital that the Government see that it has support from as many MPs as possible.

Please write to your MP today to ask them to attend the House of Commons when the Resource Extraction (Transparency and Reporting) Bill will be introduced to Parliament, on Monday 1st March at 3.30pm.

Please also ask them to show their support for this issue by writing to The Rt Hon George Osborne MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, to express their support for the Bill and by signing a Parliamentary Motion, 1058, 'Disclosure of payments to governments by oil, gas and mining companies'.

This law would put more information in the hands of citizens, unlocking billions of dollars in natural resource wealth in some of the world‘s poorest and most fragile countries.

Here is an example of the email you can send:

Dear XXX MP,

I am writing to ask you to show your support for the upcoming 10 Minute Rule Bill, the Resource Extraction (Transparency and Reporting) Bill, which will be introduced to the House of Commons by a group of cross-party MPs on the 1st March at 3.30pm.

The Bill assists in the struggle against corruption in the oil, gas and mining industries by requiring UK-listed extractive companies to publish what they pay to governments. This supports a parallel transparency provision (Section 1504) passed in the US in July 2010 as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

If managed properly, the wealth generated by the oil, gas and mining industries can be a pathway to poverty reduction, stable economic growth and development in resource-rich countries. However, this natural resource wealth is often misused or stolen by unaccountable leaders. The result in countries like Nigeria, Angola or the Democratic Republic of Congo is entrenched poverty, poor governance and economic failure which can lead to violent conflict.

Transparency of payments to governments by oil, gas and mining companies would help reverse this 'resource curse' by allowing citizens to hold their governments to account for the domestic tax revenues they so desperately need for fighting poverty.

We believe this is a historic opportunity to ensure fairness and accountability in the oil, gas and mining industries. Please show your support for the Bill by:
- Attending the House of Commons when the Resource Extraction (Transparency and Reporting) Bill will be introduced to the House on 1st March at 3.30pm
- Signing EDM 1058, 'Disclosure of payments to governments by oil, gas and mining companies'
- Writing to the Chancellor of the Exchequer to express your support for the UK Government bringing forward legally binding measures for UK-listed companies to publish what they pay to national governments, in line with the new measures in the US.

Thank you for your support of this important issue.

Yours sincerely,



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