Transparency

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.

The EU Has Had Its Challenges When It Comes to Ethics, But It Is Serious About Addressing Them

Sajjad Karim MEP | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK Politics
Sajjad Karim MEP

The notion that the European Parliament is a gravy train riddled with waste and financial scandal is simple to pedal, especially when you need to score easy political points back home. However those that often pedal it, fail to acknowledge the reforms that are quietly taking place.

Do Investors Know What Shell Is Up To?

Brendan O'Donnell | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK
Brendan O'Donnell

Business people sometimes think we campaigners are a bit naïve. Our lofty ideals should be accommodated as far as possible, but business is business. We need to be realistic about how the world works. Well, we are idealistic. But that doesn't mean our arguments don't make business sense.

Animal Research: A New Era and a New Debate?

Barney Reed | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK
Barney Reed

We want to see a debate framed in terms of what is happening now, not whether the use of animals led to a scientific discovery or progress eighty or a hundred years ago. Science, technology, and concern for animals have all evolved significantly since then, and the debate must too. Why is a specific animal 'model' or study thought relevant or valid now?

Citizen Empowerment: New Technology Gives a Voice to the Voiceless

Loren Treisman | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Tech
Loren Treisman

While technology is not a panacea for social problems, it has the potential to connect citizens to information on the laws and people that govern them at a lower cost and larger scale than ever before and to make all voices count.

Laws Can Drive Responsible Corporate Reporting But Only People Can Drive Responsible Corporate Behaviour

Jane Burston | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Politics
Jane Burston

European companies will now have to report to shareholders on their environmental, social and ethical behaviour, following a ruling from the European ...

Scarce, Expensive, Bad: Why Entrepreneurs Should Love Monopolies

Damian Kimmelman | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Tech
Damian Kimmelman

Next time you're in your local pharmacy, take a detour to the men's shaving aisle. When you get there, scan the shelves in front of you. You'll see high-gloss packaging, lots of "Fusion" and "Turbo" and "Mach" brands. It's almost like you're in the Formula 1 pit lane, isn't it? The choice seems abundant.

Competition Won't Make Investment Firms Transparent

Margaret Heffernan | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK
Margaret Heffernan

Let's not forget that heated, intense competition is what brought us the banking crisis. Competition between banks - to be the biggest, the most profitable - stoked the selling of inappropriate mortgages, PPI and interest rate manipulation. Competition between traders or between salespeople - many of whom are measured daily by their earnings, with some firms posting these numbers publicly - is precisely what drove otherwise good people to do bad things.

François Hollande - A Case of Infidelity or Integrity?

Dragana Brown | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Politics
Dragana Brown

Irrespective of whether Hollande was involved in another relationship or not, for I am not here to cast judgement, the question of integrity is one to raise on the basis of Hollande's choices to hide behind and use as an excuse French cultural ways, rather than stand as a true leader and be completely transparent.

Citizen Centricity, Control and Accountability Are Essential for Public Services - And Democracy

John Tizard | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Last week I was invited to give evidence to the House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) for its enquiry on citizens and public services. This is an important enquiry and has the opportunity to address some fundamental questions about the nature of our public services, and the Government's 'reform' and public expenditure programmes.

My Reflection on the Panorama Programme Last Week 'All in a Good Cause'

Gina Miller | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK
Gina Miller

As an investment manager and a passionate campaigner for transparency in both the financial services sector and the third sector, I am disheartened by the lack of transparency in some organisations.

Time to Reflect and Refocus

Gina Miller | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Gina Miller

Last week was a very depressing one with several alarming revelations related to the state of British society.

Corruption and Immigration in the UK

Robert Barrington | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Robert Barrington

What to make of the Attorney General's comments in The Telegraph? Corruption is certainly a growing problem in the UK - but TI's research has found no evidence to link it to immigrant communities.

We Need More Information if We Want to End Poverty

David Hall-Matthews | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK
David Hall-Matthews

We don't yet have enough reliable information to make difficult decisions. That also means we didn't have it when past decisions were made - and we often don't even know what those decisions were. For example, the report reveals that the total aid donors say they have spent is typically far higher than what recipient governments say they've received.

Transparency: By Business, For Business

Anas Sarwar | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Politics
Anas Sarwar

The reputation of 'business' has taken a mauling recently; think of Fred Goodwin, horsemeat or GlaxoSmithKline. But most business people I know are proud of their role in creating jobs, contributing to government revenues and powering growth.

Unlocking Access to Clinical Trial Data - What Are We Afraid of?

James Shannon | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Tech
James Shannon

In recent months the words 'data transparency' have found their way into our vernacular, with calls for pharmaceutical companies to be more transparent about their research and to publish results from all their clinical trials.

Why I Don't Use Zero-Hours Contracts: Three Basic Principles

Charlie Mowat | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK
Charlie Mowat

I can see the issue from both points of view, and the debate seems to have polarised with the solution probably being somewhere in the middle. I certainly don't think that zero-hours contracts should be banned outright. However, at my company, The Clean Space, nobody is on a zero-hour contract, despite them being extremely common in the cleaning industry as this list of vacancies shows.

The Democratic Threat Posed By the Transparency of Lobbying Bill - Design or Default?

Linda Butcher | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Politics
Linda Butcher

In recent weeks many have set out clearly and convincingly why the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill, which is receiving its second reading today, is nothing short of a direct threat to the voice of civil society, freedom of speech, and the fundamentals of democracy.

Why I'll Speak Out Against the Lobbying Bill to Select Committee

Francis Ingham | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Politics
Francis Ingham

On Thursday morning, I'll have the pleasure of giving evidence to the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee, addressing the Government's lobbying plans. Those plans have been set out in its Transparency of Lobbying Bill, and they make for disappointing reading.

Is Anything for Real These Days?

Maria Shopova | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK
Maria Shopova

Trust deficit seems to be an increasing concern in all aspects of our daily life. Though don't take my word for it - let me give you a few examples to prove my point.

The Lobbying Bill - A Missed Opportunity

Robert Barrington | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK Politics
Robert Barrington

When David Cameron said in 2010 that lobbying was 'the next scandal waiting to happen' he was both right and wrong. Right because it is an area which is ripe for scandal - a potentially unsavoury mix of money, power, politics and special interests. Wrong because by the time he said it, the scandal was already happening.

Promoting Safer Giving This Ramadan

Saif Ullah | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK
Saif Ullah

According to research from Islamic Relief, over £100 million is expected to be given to charity by British Muslims over the course of Ramadan.

Transparent Banking? I Can't See it Vince

Jane Sparrow | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK Politics
Jane Sparrow

There's been a major breakthrough in the financial sector this week, as Vince Cable announces a panacea for the long-term woes that banks have been facing. All they need to do, apparently, is 'get people to trust them'. That, seriously, is what Vince's big announcement boils down to.

Corruption Research Should Inspire Government Action

Anas Sarwar | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK Politics
Anas Sarwar

This week Transparency International published research detailing public perceptions of corruption in the UK and the results are shocking. Sixty-seven per cent of people believe political parties are affected by corruption, 69% think the media has a corruption problem and 5% have themselves paid a bribe. For anyone interested in combating corruption the report cannot be ignored.