By Sasha Lezhnev

Independent audits on conflict minerals have been around for a decade, but are companies actually using them in their supply chain decisions? According to new research by The Sentry, a majority of the largest electronics, jewelry, and automotive companies are still not requiring suppliers to source from conflict-free refiners and smelters. This is despite the fact that the US conflict minerals legislation — Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act — was passed over a decade ago. According to Dodd-Frank, companies with tin, tantalum, tungsten (the 3Ts), or gold in their products…

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Biljoenen dollars aan buitenlandse valuta stromen elk jaar door Nederland. Dankzij een bedrijfsvriendelijk belastingsysteem en regelgeving heeft het land de voorkeur bij bedrijven die hun investeringen willen beschermen en hun belastingverplichtingen minimaliseren. Maar zij zijn niet de enige partijen die geïnteresseerd zijn. Kwaadwillende zakenlieden die misbruik maken van dezelfde voordelen kunnen de Nederlandse financiële sector blootstellen aan illegale financiële stromen die bestaan uit winst gemaakt door corruptie, geweld en roofzuchtige ondernemingen uit de hele wereld.

Een onderzoek uitgevoerd door The Sentry maakte een evaluatie van de risico’s die de Nederlandse financiële sector loopt als gevolg van potentiële connecties met corruptie…

Corruption in Central Africa Risks Contaminating the Dutch Financial Sector

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Trillions of dollars in foreign money flows through the Netherlands each year. With a business-friendly tax and regulatory system, the country is a destination of choice for corporations looking to protect their investments and minimize their tax obligations. But they aren’t the only parties interested. Nefarious business operators exploiting the same advantages may be exposing the Dutch financial sector to illicit financial flows that represent the proceeds of corruption, violence, and predatory enterprises from around the world.

A study by The Sentry evaluated the risks to the Dutch financial sector…

By Oliver Windridge

The United States and Canada have thematic sanctions programs — often referred to as Magnitsky regimes — that target human rights abusers and those involved in corruption. These programs allow for asset freezes and travel bans on designated persons and entities, and they are the forerunners of a global movement of thematic, rather than country-specific, sanctions programs being launched to tackle illicit actors. The United Kingdom and the European Union joined this global movement in 2020, adding their own Global Human Rights Sanctions programs in July and December respectively. While all these sanctions programs differ slightly, the…

By John Prendergast and Sasha Lezhnev

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In an important move for combating global corruption, the United States today revoked the last-minute license given by the Trump administration to corrupt tycoon Dan Gertler. Following years of investigations by Bloomberg, Global Witness, PPLAAF, The Sentry, and other groups, Gertler and his network of companies were sanctioned by the United States in 2017 for their involvement in grand corruption in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with further companies being sanctioned in 2018. Gertler had “amassed his fortune through hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of opaque and corrupt mining and oil deals…

As Human Rights Face a Historic Global Assault, Powerful Financial Tools Arise to Counter Abusers

By Brad Brooks-Rubin

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Around the world today, human rights face historic threats. In 2019, humanitarian aid funding fell, there were 951 attacks on health workers and facilities, and 304 human rights defenders were killed. We are living through an era where respect for human rights is in all but full retreat. …

Missing Millions Must Be Found and Returned

By Denisse Rudich and Tom Keatinge

With former President al-Bashir found guilty of corruption and other “financial irregularities” and sentenced to two years at a state-run social reform facility, the international community must act to find and return Sudan’s missing millions laundered through the international financial system.

Former Sudanese President, Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir, seated against gold leaf Islamic texts in a reception room of his Presidential Palace in May 2009, prior to his arrest and conviction in 2019. (RichardBakerSudan / Alamy Stock Photo)

On December 14, 2019, President Omar al-Bashir was found guilty on charges of “possessing foreign currency, corruption and receiving gifts illegally.” This decision comes less than a year after a military coup saw Bashir toppled from power and an interim civilian-military government formed. Following the takeover by the military, large stashes of unexplained…

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