Transparency International is working across our global network to look at where and how corruption can get a foothold in the mining sector. Our Accountable Mining Programme is shining a spotlight on the process of obtaining a mining or exploration permit and asking: who gets the right to mine? And under what conditions?
Working collaboratively with governments, companies, civil society organisations and communities, we want to build a fairer, clearer and cleaner process for obtaining a mining permit. By building a better system and a fairer process we can prevent corruption before ground is even broken.
Through our research , we found that the NAIF processes for investment decision-making lack transparency, accountability and integrity. These weaknesses undermine public scrutiny of its decisions, give rise to conflicts of interests, and could result in companies with a history of noncompliance, criminal or corrupt behaviour gaining access to public funds.
The business case for companies to adopt robust internal reporting mechanisms is clear. Such mechanisms enable staff to speak up about legal or ethical misconduct. They help protect companies from the effects of misconduct, including legal liability, serious financial losses and lasting reputational harm. Effective internal reporting mechanisms also foster a corporate culture of trust and responsiveness. Companies have found that such mechanisms provide real benefits to their culture, brand, long-term value creation and growth.
We want to reduce the risk and incidence of corruption in the mining sector in Australia and internationally.
Who gets the right to mine, and how?
Over 20 Transparency International Chapters, from some of the world’s most resource-rich countries, have come together to shine a light on how mining deals are made.
By focusing our spotlight on the start of the value chain we are working to prevent corruption before ground is even broken.
We are collaborating with an ever-growing network of global anti-corruption initiatives. We are working with governments, companies and communities who want to fix the flaws in the way mining permits are granted, flaws that leave the whole mining operation vulnerable to corruption.
Together, we are building coalitions against corruption, because we need to work together to create a fairer process for all.
Our research examines where, how and under what conditions corruption occurs when mining permits are granted.
Our Global Report is filled with case studies from around the world, and the MACRA Tool details how users can explore corruption loopholes in their own countries. These publications are available in English, French and Spanish.
We are a global network of Transparency International Chapters working in some of the world’s most resource-rich countries. Click on the countries below to see national-level research into the corruption risks in mining approvals.
We are grateful for the support we receive for this work from the BHP Foundation and the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign affairs and Trade.