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The Swiss government appears ready to join the ranks of countries that require their oil, gas and mining companies to disclose payments to foreign governments—but the country’s enormous commodity trading industry may not be covered by a new law.

Experts at the Natural Resource Governance Institute welcomed Canada’s new law requiring oil, gas and mining companies to disclose their payments to governments...

NRGI has commended the UK’s new payment disclosure requirements for oil, gas and mining companies. The recently enacted UK Reports on Payments to Governments Regulations 2014 come into force today.

NRGI's communication director Lee Bailey interviews Laurel Green, chief external affairs policy advisor with Rio Tinto, about the role of the private sector and corporate social responsibility in mining.

On Monday, August 4, NRGI president Daniel Kaufmann joined a panel hosted by the Open Society Foundations in Washington, D.C., to discuss the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. More information on the event, as well as a list of recommended joint commitments and actions to come out of the summit, are available here.

Back in August 2012, when the SEC issued detailed rules under Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act, I was among those who commented that it was a huge step toward transparency in the oil, gas and mining industries...

In line with U.S. and EU legislation, the EITI now requires companies to report payments on a project-by-project basis. It also encourages countries to disclose the identity of the real owners—“beneficial owners” – of the companies that have acquired rights to extract oil, gas and minerals.

Discussion in Washington, DC of how transparency of payments to governments can improve the governance of natural resource wealth and combat corruption, plus the business case for consistent disclosure across jurisdictions.

Kofi Annan spoke in Geneva last night to celebrate the Graduate Institute moving into the Maison de la paix, Kofi Annan delivered the opening lecture of the Institute's 2013-2014 academic year.

Senators and international investors have written the SEC to urge quick re-issue of a strong rule implementing Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.

RWI disappointed with the District Court's ruling in the American Petroleum Institute v. SEC litigation. The ruling vacates and remands to the SEC rules required by Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act.

The Resource Revenue Transparency Working Group is pleased to release for public comment its draft recommendations on implementing mandatory reporting standards for Canadian mining companies. This release comes on the heels of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s pre-G8 announcement that Canada will establish new transparency standards.

Today, on the eve of the G8 Summit, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that Canada will establish new mandatory reporting standards for Canadian oil, gas and mining companies. The announcement comes on the heels of the European Parliament’s vote for strong new disclosure requirements for extractive companies.

The European Union took a decisive step to counter corruption in global oil, gas and mining sectors, coming to agreement on transparency legislation under negotiation since 2011.

Hydraulic fracturing could lead the U.S. to energy independence. But there are other social and economic factors to consider.

During a Ted Talk, the U2 frontman called out corruption as one of the primary forces hindering faster progress towards zero poverty.

The U.S. took a big step towards greater revenue transparency with the first meeting of the U.S. EITI Advisory Committee.

The Dutch government indicated today it would not bow to Shell's pressure to weaken the EU's proposed disclosure rules. Norway's Statoil reaffirmed it does not support the API's lawsuit.

API argues requiring factual disclosure of payments to governments is "core political speech" protected by the First Amendment.

In briefs filed yesterday, Members of Congress and transparency advocates declared that Big Oil isn't above the law.

The U.S. government announced the membership of the U.S. EITI advisory committee.

A new government report notes billions of dollars lost due to nonexistent royalties for oil, gas and mineral extraction from U.S. federal lands.

API makes the same old claims about cost and competitiveness, but does little to substantiate them.

The U.S. has the opportunity to become a global leader not just in energy production, but in transparency in the service of sustainable economic growth and public benefit as well.

Some very basic reporting could have mitigated the damage from the Deepwater Horizon spill. But will the oil industry learn from BP's mistakes?