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OpenOwnership.org - Global Beneficial Ownership Register

OpenOwnership is driven by a steering group composed of leading transparency NGOs, including Global Witness, Open Contracting Partnership, Web Foundation, Transparency International, and The B Team, as well as OpenCorporates.
OpenOwnership’s central goal is to build an open Global Beneficial Ownership Register, which will serve as an authoritative source of data about who owns companies, for the benefit of all. This data will be global and linked across jurisdictions, industries, and linkable to other datasets too.

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  • Unilever

Unilever Ownership Structure

The Unilever Group is created and maintained by a series of agreements between the parent companies of NV and PLC, together with special provisions in their respective articles of association, which are together known as the Foundation Agreements. These agreements enable Unilever to achieve unity of management, operations, shareholders’ rights, purpose and mission.

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  • Anonymous Companies
  • Anti-Money Laundering
  • Beneficial Ownership
  • fraud
  • Risk

60 Minutes: Anonymous, Inc.

You need look no further for evidence than the changing skyline of New York City, where much of the priciest residential real estate is being snapped up not by individuals, but by anonymous shell companies with secret owners.

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  • Global Witness

Global Witness: How exposing anonymous companies could cut down on crime

Companies are artificial entities created to allow real people to do business. But, unfortunately, there are some types of companies that aren’t engaged in any business at all. Instead, these anonymous companies exist mainly to disguise people doing things they’d rather not have the public know about. Global Witness explains how anonymous companies are used to cover up crime and corruption.

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  • Brazil
  • Business Leadership
  • natura
  • Private Sector
  • structure

Natura Ownership Structure

In May 2016, Natura Cosmeticos, a Brazilian cosmetics company, published their ownership information in open, structured data. Natura clearly demonstrated their commitment to transparency and has benefitted from increased trust from consumers, investors, staff and other stakeholders.

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  • The B Team

Medium: A growing call from business for company ownership transparency by May Miller-Dawkins

The chorus of business voices calling for transparency of company ownership, and crucially, public access to that information when governments do collect it, has been developing for some time. The B20 — the business platform that engages with G20 leaders — has supported beneficial ownership for a number of years now.

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  • BHP Billiton
  • Business Leadership

BHP Billiton: Resourcing global growth Annual Report 2015

This Strategic Report provides insight into BHP Billiton’s strategy, operating and business model and objectives. It describes the principal risks the Company faces and how these risks might affect our future prospects. It also gives our perspective on our recent operational and financial performance.

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  • Anonymous Companies
  • B Team Leaders
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  • G20

The B Team Leaders Open Letter to G20

The B Team Leaders seized the opportunity to address some of the world’s most influential decision-makers on the issue of anonymous shell companies. In an open letter they called on governments and specifically the attendees at G20 to collect the identities of the people who ultimately own and control companies, and see benefit from them, and to agree to beneficial ownership principles to guide their actions.

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  • Anti-Corruption
  • B20
  • Beneficial Ownership
  • Business Leadership
  • Business Support
  • G20

B20 China Anti-Corruption Policy Paper July 2016

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  • BOT Legislation
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  • The Clearing House
  • United States

The Clearing House Urges Passage of Bipartisan Beneficial Ownership Legislation

The Clearing House sent a letter to House and Senate sponsors of the Incorporation Transparency and Law Enforcement Assistance Act expressing support for the legislation and its intent to help combat terrorist financing activities through the use of shell companies. The letter suggests that banks could also potentially benefit from having access to the information for their due diligence efforts and requests clarification in the bill to ensure that access.

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  • Anti-Corruption
  • B20
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  • Business Leadership
  • G20

B20 Turkey Anti-Corruption Taskforce Policy Paper 2015

The B20 AntiCorruption Taskforce (ACTF), thereby encourages implementation of the G20 High-Level Principles on Beneficial Ownership Transparency.

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