Publish What You Pay

Campaign management

In 2010 and 2011 we coordinated the UK Publish What You Pay coalition of international development charities to secure a landmark government commitment and campaign victory in improving transparency in the oil and mining sectors.


Our approach

Publish What You Pay campaigns for a world where all citizens benefit from their natural resources. The UK campaign chapter of this international campaign focused on lobbying for the UK Government to require all oil and mining companies that list on the London Stock Exchange and other EU stock exchanges to publish the payments that they make to foreign governments.

We ensured all 15 coalition partners worked effectively and efficiently together and that the campaign benefitted from each of their strengths – be it public mobilization, press or political contacts, policy knowledge, case studies from countries affected by the ‘resource curse’ or high-level advocates. By doing so, we put the issue high on the new Coalition Government’s agenda and inspired MPs, Peers, Special Advisers, Ministers and eventually the Chancellor of the Exchequer and Secretary of State for Business to back the campaign and champion new transparency legislation in the EU. More details in this Guardian article.

“Principle Consulting’s work on our Publish What You Pay campaign has led to a clear change in the government’s position on the issue against much better funded opposition by clearly outcampaigning and outinfluencing them.”Campaigns Director of Global Witness, one of the founding members of the PWYP campaign
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