Transparency & Accountability
Government transparency is critical to maintaining open societies. The Open Society Policy Center works to promote transparency in the U.S. and abroad and supports a range of anti-corruption initiatives. OSPC’s advocacy efforts encourage regulations that require governments to make available to the public vital information, such as government revenue, budgets, and expenditures.
OSPC supports laws and policies that require oil and mineral companies and others engaged in extractive industries to fully disclose payments they make to governments, and encourages governments worldwide to pass laws mandating such transparency. It also encourages governments to implement voluntary international standards such as Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative and the Kimberley Process to promote good governance in the natural resource sector.
OSPC supports legislation that would require businesses to publically disclose ownership information, and it opposes efforts to weaken the anti-corruption protections in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.