Diamonds Show Flaws In Civil Society Approach To The Gulf

Michael Barron | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK
Michael Barron

For both governments and NGOs in the Gulf, engagement and mutual respect is the path to success. Governments have to face up to some hard truths but the reputation gains are worth the pain. For NGOs, reports and campaigns only go so far, talking to governments who are the only ones who can enact change, is more likely to lead to success.

The Tory Foreign Worker Transparency Plan Makes Sense - And Could Reduce Racism

Colin Cortbus | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Colin Cortbus

This week's Conservative Party plan to make some companies disclose how many foreign workers they employ may be controversial. But is a positive step forward for transparency, and could take the wind out of the sails of those peddling racist myths about immigration.

Fake Transparency: The Trend Towards 'Secure Reading Rooms'

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

This is why as we marked the occasion of Right to Know Day, I joined the protest outside this latest reading room in Brussels. It is totally inappropriate for private companies to control transparency in this way and to put their profits ahead of our right to information. We need to put the "freedom" back into "freedom of information." so that we know how our health and environment might be impacted. As policy makers we have a right to verify or challenge findings and to work for the public good.

Think Tanks Need A Principled Approach To Funding And Conflicts Of Interest

Tom Jeffery | Posted 16.08.2016 | UK Politics
Tom Jeffery

Think tanks are pushing agendas important to corporate donors, at times blurring the line between researchers and lobbyists. And they are doing so whi...

Why A Neutral Central Registry for Company Transparency in Supply Chains Reports Is Key

Andrew Wallis | Posted 29.07.2016 | UK
Andrew Wallis

In March 2016 Section 54 of the UK's Modern Slavery Act - Transparency in Supply Chains etc. (TISC) provision took effect. It required businesses with a global turnover of £36 million or more and doing business in the UK to publish an annual statement about their efforts to tackle slavery in supply chains and their own organisation.

They Work for You: Monitoring Parliament and Why It's Worth It

Loren Treisman | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Politics
Loren Treisman

It's hard to trust our leaders. Across the globe, the gap between rich and poor is widening while seldom a week passes without a political figure or big brand being exposed for avoiding tax, involvement in corrupt practices or making decisions that blatantly work against the public good.

How We're Shaking Up The Rental Market With Technology

Lais de Almeida | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Tech
Lais de Almeida

By connecting landlords and tenants online, and using open and user generated data to find that rental sweet spot, we have since had BGV investment and European funding to promote ethical practices and to help revolutionise the housing industry.

Lift the Panama Brim - A Catalyst for Greater Transparency in Public Service Contracting

John Tizard | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Politics
John Tizard

The recent revelations of off-shore investments, tax avoidance and much else arising from the leaks of the so called "Panama Papers" should be a wake-...

You Pay Your Tax, I'll Pay Mine

Loren Treisman | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK
Loren Treisman

Africa is always a loser in this global gluttony. Last year, an esteemed report released by the African Union's High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows, revealed that an estimated $60.3 billion was illicitly channelled out of the continent between 2003 and 2012, roughly one a half times the total donated in overseas aid during the same period.

Why Business Transparency Is the Real Lesson of the Panama Papers

Dan Gandesha | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK
Dan Gandesha

Transparency is the new normal. The future belongs to the businesses that embrace it.

Cameron Can't Be Trusted on Transparency

Alexandra Runswick | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Politics
Alexandra Runswick

So, the PM's is in. The Chancellor's too, but a bit trimmed. Boris' is much bigger. Corbyn's was late. Many are unremarkable. What real difference has it made that that our political leaders have published details of their tax affairs? Not a lot.

How to Start a Fashion Revolution

Marianne Caroline Hughes | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Style
Marianne Caroline Hughes

I can still remember that amazing feeling after I had organised the wall of clothing labels last year. I was surprised by the huge amount of support I got, from friends old and new! It got me thinking about how lots of small revolutions, based locally, but part of a global movement, could really be the key to a real revolution.

Responsible Fashion: Top Five Topics of 2015

Eleanor O'Neill | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK Style
Eleanor O'Neill

In an attempt to refine the information overload, I have picked the articles that I think are most engaging; voices that will both inspire and anger; brands worthy of attention; and concepts that will encourage reflection on this industry and how we interact with it. Here are the five topics that dominated the discussion:

Charities Must Be Transparent But Must Retain Independence - Freedom of Information Only for Public Contracts

John Tizard | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK Politics
John Tizard

There is a real opportunity for the sector can lead by example so that it can be ahead of the public and business sectors - surely this is what the sector's values require and the public expects.

Punishing Dissent: Whistle-blowing Is Inconvenient But Must Be Protected

James Coe | Posted 03.09.2016 | UK Politics
James Coe

Whistle-blowing is perhaps the greatest safeguard to the rule of law, it is a fundamental part of how democracy works.

Why Pro Athletes May End Up Broke

Louis Saha | Posted 25.06.2016 | UK Sport
Louis Saha

Although the public will revel in blaming the player's demise on a lavish lifestyle few can afford, many downfalls are a result of impressionable young athletes taking advice from supposedly reputable advisors who in reality have the ethics of a common criminal.

Note to Fifa - Don't Neglect the Game

Louis Saha | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK Sport
Louis Saha

It is a catastrophic state of affairs when the conduct of the politicians of football has detracted from the beautiful game. World football is in desperate need of individuals such as Gill, Figo, Prince Ali, and Platini to take the reigns of the organisation and guide it to a culture of fairness, transparency and ethical practice. It is imperative for the sake of the sport and the principles the governing body transfer to impressionable youths that these changes are brought about in a timely manner. Cultural change of an organisation is a monumental task, but with the departure of Sepp Blatter I believe the process can now get underway.

The Charity Sector Should Not Be Afraid of Being Transparent and Open

John Tizard | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Rather than wait for a future government to impose new requirements the sector should develop its own transparency standards and promote their adoption by all charities.The principle should be that charities believe in transparency and will adopt exemplar practice.

Why Europe Must Now Support Tunisia More Than Ever

Alyn Smith | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK Politics
Alyn Smith

We Europeans did nothing to help Tunisia achieve its revolution in January 2011. Yet, today, we can and must support the most successful of the Arab Spring countries - because we know that democracy can never be taken for granted.

To See the Future of Science We Need to Look Beyond the '2.0 Paradigm'

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Tech
Dirk Jan van den Berg

The vernacular of 'Science 2.0' has become increasingly utilised in the debate about the future of science. Many media articles and conferences focus on this topic, and the European Commission has recently held a public consultation to better understand the impact of 2.0 and desirability of policy action to enable it.

How to Empower Donors: Bringing Clarity to Charity

Pratik Dattani | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK
Pratik Dattani

Dan Pallota asked the staggering question - what if everything we've been taught about charity is dead wrong? What if tools like ACC can help us go beyond just financial metrics but understand real impact, reward charities with the biggest accomplishments and support those who need it? Wouldn't the world be a better place?

Where Did Our Money Go? Let Twitter Find Out!

Loren Treisman | Posted 13.12.2014 | UK Tech
Loren Treisman

You may wonder how social media could possibly be used to improve access to critical services like healthcare in Africa, a continent where only 8.6% of the population are online. Activists in Nigeria are doing just that.

Paying the Living Wage: How Transparency Makes It Happen

Charlie Mowat | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Politics
Charlie Mowat

In my last blog, I wrote about how the minimum wage should be legally increased to living wage levels. Since then, the living wage has remained on my ...

Three Reasons to Cheer for Companies House

Damian Kimmelman | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Tech
Damian Kimmelman

Companies House just announced that it's making all of its documents available for free in 2015... it shows once again that the UK is a pioneer in data transparency... Companies House itself says, this move "will open up opportunities for entrepreneurs to come up with innovative ways of using the information."

Modern Design and a Lack of Privacy

Zahid Ayden | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Politics
Zahid Ayden

The self-proclamation of freedom is a cherished right we have in a modern democratic country where we are able to express religious values, disenfranchisement with the Monarchy, criticism of the government and an expression of individual identity without persecution.