My wish: To launch a new era of openness in business
Anonymous companies protect corrupt individuals – from notorious drug cartel leaders to nefarious arms dealers – behind a shroud of mystery that makes it almost impossible to find and hold them responsible. But anti-corruption activist Charmian Gooch hopes to change all that. At TED2014, she shares her brave TED Prize wish: to know who owns and controls companies, to change the law, and to launch a new era of openness in business.
Anonymous companies allow owners to hide their identity. It's a complex issue — check out this useful infographic to dig in.
This sobering animation illustrates why transparency isn’t just a nice-to-do for businesses — it’s essential.
Check out the wealth of useful information on how hidden company ownership fuels corruption and hinders the fight against poverty at globalwitness.org.
These Global Witness case studies explain how anonymous companies are used to enable drug running, corruption and secret deals worldwide.