Global Witness Trust

Global Witness Trust

Charity information

Global Witness Trust

Global Witness was formed in 1993. It works to expose the link between natural resources, conflict and corruption and how this sustains poverty, fuels instability and destroys the environment.

Founded 2007

  • Mission statement

    Global Witness investigates and campaigns to change the system by exposing the economic networks behind conflict, corruption and environmental destruction.

    In 2011 the value of exports of fuels and minerals from Africa, Asia, South and Central America and the Caribbean was over $1. 4 trillion. At the same time, many resource-rich countries are home to some of the poorest and most dispossessed citizens on the planet. This is the resource curse, the paradox that sits at the heart of Global Witness’s work.

    The roots of this paradox lie in a natural resource business riven with corruption, and at its worst, extreme violence and conflict. We get to the bottom of the true economic story: the warlords and politicians looting natural wealth; the oil, mining or timber companies they do business with; the traders, manufacturers and investors who turn a blind eye; and the banks, lawyers and anonymous shell companies that help launder the profits.

    Global Witness focuses on unpicking and, ultimately dismantling, these shadow systems.

    We undertake hard-hitting investigations into matters of public interest, publish our findings and expose the systems that enable corruption, resource-fuelled conflict and environmental destruction. Based on the evidence we gather, we also launch campaigns that change the terms of debate, change laws and encourage companies to do things differently.

  • Aims

    Global Witness Trust aims to:

    • To know who owns and controls companies, so that they can no longer be used anonymously against the public good.
  • Overview

    Established: February 2007

    Registered Charity Number: 1117844

    Board members: 5

    Full time staff: 70

    Part time staff: 5

    Volunteers: 3

    Phone number: 02074925866

    Address: LLoyd Chambers 1 Portsoken Street London E1 8BT

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