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Beneficial Ownership

Beneficial ownership transparency has emerged as an important tool for combating corruption, stemming illicit financial flows, and fighting tax evasion.


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Introduction and Overview

Beneficial ownership transparency has emerged as an important tool for combating corruption, stemming illicit financial flows, and fighting tax evasion.

Anonymous companies are often used to hide corruption. In most countries, disclosure of the individual or individuals who ultimately controls or profits from a business is not required.

To date, few OGP countries have made beneficial ownership commitments. However, data suggests that open registries, built and run on open data, are key to a variety of future government efforts.


  1. Global Report - Beneficial Ownership

    2019, Document, PDF

  2. Finding the Real Beneficiary - Video

    n/a, Outbound Link, Web Page

  3. Beneficial Ownership Fact Sheet (May 2019)

    2019, Document, PDF

  4. United Kingdom - Beneficial Ownership

    2018, Document, PDF

  5. Can beneficial ownership transparency really be compatible with data protection?

    In recent years, we’ve seen significant progress on clamping down on the abuse of anonymous company ownership through beneficial ownership…

    2018, Stories, Web Page

  6. Where Do We Go From Here? Taking Stock of Beneficial Ownership Transparency

    A few weeks ago, the Government of Georgia hosted the Fifth Open Government Partnership Global Summit in Tbilisi. The event…

    2018, Stories, Web Page

  7. Advancing collective action on beneficial ownership – OGP and EITI

        When a country first joins OGP, and we speak with civil society and government for the first time,…

    2017, Stories, Web Page


  1. beneficial ownership registry

    NO0061, 2019, Beneficial Ownership

  2. Public Access to Central Register of the Republic of Macedonia

    MK0122, 2018, Beneficial Ownership

  3. Improvement in Local Public Service Delivery

    MK0133, 2018, Beneficial Ownership

  4. Corporate transparency

    CA0066, 2018, Beneficial Ownership

  5. Commercial regulations of companies owning local governments

    HR0029, 2018, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  6. Construir colaborativamente una propuesta de política sobre creación de un registro de dueños reales (beneficiarios finales - BF) de empresas

    CL0061, 2018, Beneficial Ownership

  7. Beneficial ownership

    KE0017, 2018, Beneficial Ownership

  8. Extractives Data Management

    ID0092, 2018, Beneficial Ownership

  9. Beneficial ownership register

    AM0037, 2018, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  10. Beneficial ownership registry

    UA0076, 2018, Beneficial Ownership

  11. Beneficial Ownership Registry

    LR0035, 2017, Beneficial Ownership

  12. Beneficial Ownership

    GH0022, 2017, Beneficial Ownership

  13. Philippine Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

    PH0052, 2017, Beneficial Ownership

  14. Extractive Sector Transparency

    NG0003, 2017, Beneficial Ownership

  15. Beneficial Ownership Register

    NG0006, 2017, Beneficial Ownership

  16. beneficial owenrship

    LV0038, 2017, Beneficial Ownership

  17. Information transparency of the owners of the entities with rights to use mineral resources

    MN0033, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  18. Beneficial ownership – UK

    UK0063, 2016, Beneficial Ownership

  19. Register for ultimate beneficial ownership

    NO0053, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  20. Implement the G20 high Level Principles on Beneficial Ownership Transparency 2. Implement a register of legal persons and arrangements

    ZA0023, 2016, Beneficial Ownership

  21. Starred commitment Ensure greater transparency around bids and contracts

    KE0014, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  22. Beneficial ownership transparency

    AU0002, 2016, Beneficial Ownership

  23. Beneficial Ownership Verification System

    UA0061, 2016, Beneficial Ownership

  24. Extractive industries transparency

    AU0003, 2016, Beneficial Ownership

  25. Forums on Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy

    BG0064, 2016, Beneficial Ownership

  26. Beneficial ownership disclosure in public contracts

    BG0070, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  27. Establish a Register of Beneficial Ownership

    IE0048, 2016, Asset Disclosure

  28. Starred commitment Open Contracting

    GH0014, 2015, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  29. Transparency of Legal Entities

    US0082, 2015, Beneficial Ownership

  30. Starred commitment Beneficial Ownership

    FR0009, 2015, Beneficial Ownership

  31. Starred commitment Company Beneficial Ownership Information

    UK0048, 2013, Beneficial Ownership

  32. Legislative Openness

    UK0051, 2013, Beneficial Ownership

OGP Global Report Data

The data below is drawn from the 2019 OGP Global Report. You can view and learn more about the report here.

These are members making OGP commitments to improve their performance in the respective policy area. As members that have demonstrated political commitment through OGP, the next step is ensuring that implemented commitments have maximal impact.

Indicates that member has a starred commitment in this policy area.

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