Global Witness - Charmian Gooch

The wish

Global Witness

The winner

Charmian Gooch

The year


My wish is for us to know who owns and controls companies, so that they can no longer be used anonymously against the public good. Let's ignite world opinion, change the law, and together launch a new era of openness in business.

The plan

Granting this wish is going to take all of us: concerned citizens, business leaders, government officials and so many more. The global campaign is centered around increasing awareness of this complex and critical issue in order to catalyze public pressure to change the law all over the world. We will end anonymous companies by creating the first-of-its-kind public registry for companies, ending the era of anonymity and the corruption that it facilitates. Here are five ways you can immediately get involved.

Get involved

1. Join the movement for global change

Let’s build a global movement to make it impossible for criminals and others to hide behind anonymous companies. Global Witness – along with partners around the world – is leading a campaign to end anonymous companies and we need your support.

2. Mobilize your communities

The first step to ending anonymous companies is to educate people and encourage them to join the campaign. We want you to become the voice of the wish in your local community, inspiring others to take action.

3. Contribute to the public registry

We need your support to create the first-ever prototype of a public registry for collecting and publishing critical information on who ultimately owns a company. This prototype will serve as a guide for governments that want to end anonymous companies.

Help us make this prototype public registry a reality. Email us at to contribute funds and technical expertise.

4. Convene the business community

Transparency is good for businesses and consumers. We all want to know whom we’re buying from and whom we’re doing business with. If you own or work in a company — big or small, publicly listed or privately held— we need you to join the global campaign, take part in the conversation, and support this wish.

We're going to bring together as many companies as possible to a meeting in NYC to figure out how we can collectively advance a movement away from anonymous companies, and towards transparency. Join us. Email

Add your businesses name to those calling for an end to anonymous companies. Email

5. Tell the story

Creatives, animators, broadcasters, photographers, and app designers, this wish needs you. The story of anonymous companies and their effect on real people’s lives remains largely untold. Bring your communicative and artistic gifts to bear on this global problem and, in doing so, inspire others to act.

Email us at if you have an idea and want to collaborate with us, and our partners around the world.

Filmmakers can respond to the Sundance Institute request for proposals to make a film on this issue.

Charmian's bio

Global Witness co-founder Charmian Gooch is the 2014 TED Prize winner. At her NGO she exposes how a global architecture of corruption is woven into the extraction and exploitation of natural resources. Learn more about Charmian


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