GLOBAL mining sector

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.

Latest updates

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Introducing the new and improved MACRA Tool – incorporating gender

To prevent corruption in the process of granting mining licences, permits and contracts, you first need to understand and identify the corruption risks. Transparency International’s Accountable Mining Programme developed a custom tool to help you do just this.

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28 Jul: Submission: Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility

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.

Business case for speaking up
01 Jan: Report: The Business Case for Speaking Up

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.

The Mining Awards corruption risk assessment Tool

THe Mining Awards corruption Risk Assessment Tool

Our custom tool identifies the flaws in the mining awards process that enable corruption to thrive.


Business Integrity

Business Integrity

Business can reduce the risk that weaknesses in the mining awards system will be abused if they take a zero-tolerance approach to corruption.


Beneficial Ownership

Beneficial ownership

A lack of due diligence on mining licence applicants and inadequate methods to prevent, detect and manage conflicts of interest are major corruption risks.

Featured resource

New Responsible Mining Business Integrity Tool

With indicators selected from close to 40 international best practice standards and frameworks, our new online and interactive tool helps mining companies evaluate and strengthen their anti-corruption controls and procedures, with a specific focus on project licensing, permitting and acquisitions.

Our Research

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.

Our network

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.


Our Insights

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.