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Corruption in the Extractive Value Chain

The lack of access to adequate information on these corporate structures, including beneficial ownership, ranks among the greatest corruption risks in the sector.


Nicky Black
International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)
Director, Social & Economic Development

“Our members want to be and be seen by their stakeholders as miners of choice, and acting transparently and ethically is an imperative for them. This tool is a really useful addition to the toolkit for business integrity practitioners. Transparency International has been strategic and systematic in focusing on licensing and approvals as a point of pressure and leverage. This has given their work a level of rigour that is unmatched in this space. For the board and for broader executive management, this is a practical tool which helps them understand where they are and where the gaps are in this critical area.”

Serena Lillywhite
Serena Lillywhite
CEO Transparency International Australia

I’ve seen the connection between corruption, conflict and human rights violations – with women and girls being most affected. Australia is not immune. Corruption, undue influence by powerful individuals and organisations and murky political donations undermines our democracy. This is why I am committed to fighting corruption.

“Bribery and corruption compromise the discovery outcome which is the prime reason investors invest in junior exploration companies. As an investor, I stay away from companies that act like cowboys in a casino with no rules. These days there’s no excuse for a cavalier attitude to bribery and corruption. We know the risks in exploration are very high, and to compound these with the risks set in motion by paying bribes and acting corruptly, is a double down. Good luck if you don’t think the consequences apply to you.”

Peter Williams

Director, Elemental Royalties

Tiffany Morrison
Professor Tiffany Morrison
Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies

In the course of my research, I’ve seen first-hand the devastating impact of regulatory capture on our natural resources and the communities who depend on them. Back-room decision-making, old boys clubs, politicisation of science, and smoke and mirrors tactics create an impenetrable system for people trying to make a difference. This is why I am committed to good governance and transparency in decision-making. Because by improving transparency, we build a more socially enlightened and environmentally sustainable future.

“Australian anti-corruption laws apply to Australian businesses in any country, so adopting (corrupt) local standards may seem expedient in the short term, but it leaves a company vulnerable to prosecution in an Australian court, and at the mercy of any competitor or part of a supply chain wishing to report to authorities.”

David Tonkin

Chief Counsel, Legal, Procurement & Fraud, Australian Trade & Investment Commission (Austrade)

Fiona McLeod
Fiona McLeod S.C.
Senior Counsel at the Victorian Bar

Corruption, in all its forms, corrodes our trust in government and the integrity of our markets. It compounds inequity and undermines the strength of our democracy. And it will require all of us to be involved – to work to improve the transparency and integrity of systems and processes. We need many voices to take a stand against corruption and support the movement to improve the the integrity of our governance systems.

“BHP is committed to upholding the highest standards of ethical conduct and expects the same from all of our partners, investments and contractors. Bribery in licensing and permitting has serious consequences including depriving host communities of legitimate benefits from the development of their resources and cancellation of licences to explore, develop and extract resources.


BHP supports the use of the Anti-bribery & Corruption Guide for Junior Mining Companies and other resources available on the Bribery Prevention Network and is always open to working with other industry participants on the global fight against corruption.”

Tim Robinson

Chief Compliance Officer, BHP

“Australian mining and exploration companies which ignore ethical practices in foreign jurisdictions do so at their own peril and put their shareholders’ investments at jeopardy. Not only is participation in corrupt practices generally illegal it is ultimately counter-productive since it demonstrates to authorities that you and your company can be manipulated, are corrupt and not to be trusted. Corruption puts your company’s key assets – its tenements (rights) – at risk of cancellation and forfeiture.”

Adrian Larking

Councillor (2003-2017) and life member, Association of Mining & Exploration Companies, Australia (AMEC)

“Corruption increases the cost of doing business, and simultaneously raises uncertainty over expected returns for investors. This is why a growing number of investors are looking into companies’ anti-bribery and corruption systems. They are also using anti-bribery and corruption engagement as a litmus test for the overall quality of companies’ business practices and management.”

United Nations Global Compact and Principles for Responsible Investment

“Companies that view foreign bribery as simply the cost of doing business overseas are creating an uneven playing field which unfairly penalises businesses who do the right thing and play by the rules.”


Australian Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations


We believe in a better democracy

That’s why we are championing transparency, accountability and integrity.

Our work is focused on:

  • Political integrity, because we need a national anti-corruption watchdog and better rules for political donations, lobbying and parliamentary conduct.
  • Responsible business, because we want businesses to take a zero tolerance approach to corruption, money laundering and foreign bribery.
  • Accountable mining permits, because we want to stop corruption in the mining sector before ground is even broken.