Global Witness

Find the Facts, Expose the Story, Change the System

aka Global Witness   |   Palo Alto, CA   |  www.globalwitness.org

Mission

Many of the world's worst environmental and human rights abuses are driven by the exploitation of natural resources and corruption in the global political and economic system. Global Witness is campaigning to end this. We carry out hard-hitting investigations, expose these abuses, and campaign for change. We are independent, not-for-profit, and work with partners around the world in our fight for justice.

Ruling year info

2007

Chief Executive Officer

Mike Davis

Main address

855 El Camino Real

Palo Alto, CA CA 94301 USA

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EIN

98-0493088

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

International Peace and Security (Q40)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We focus on addressing the root causes of why natural resource exploitation fuels some of the most widespread and brutal human rights abuses, corruption and environmental degradation.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Conflict and Fragile States

Breaking the links between natural resources, violence, and state fragility.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Eradicating the systemic corruption enabling human rights and environmental abuses across the globe.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Defending forests from environmental destruction and championing the human rights of the communities that call them home.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Skoll Social Entrepreneur Award 2014

Skoll Award

Ted Prize 2014

TED

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

By the end of 2022, we want Global Witness: to be the go-to organisation on our issues with our key audiences in key countries, and globally; to be a more adaptable, diverse and innovative organisation that prioritizes learning, evaluation, and personal sustainability, and demonstrates best practice on safety, transparency, inclusiveness, and the environment; to be financially sustainable and has developed governing bodies and related philanthropic trusts that are working in harmony and contributing substantially to the growth of our impact while ensuring we are transparent and accountable for the responsibilities of our mandate; to have helped advance human rights, equality and peace by tackling vested interests and corruption, and ensuring the fair and sustainable use of natural resources; and to have helped ensure the planet is on track to stay within a 1.5 degree Celsius temperature rise, by ensuring the fair and sustainable use of natural resources.

Global Witness is unique in its ability to combine rigorous research in affected communities with the expertise and influence needed to link these abuses to global supply chains and then to propose solutions. We focus on three key areas of activity: Investigations, Exposure, and Advocacy.

Investigate the problem; gathering detailed, first-hand evidence to compile compelling case studies of corruption in the natural resources sector and global financial system, and show how this threatens development, human rights and the environment.

Expose and inform through hard-hitting and authoritative reports, briefings and other media that offer solutions and practical recommendations for reform.

Advocate for systemic change at both national and international levels and act as a watchdog to ensure that the problems that we have identified are either rectified or prevented from happening again.

Global Witness is comprised of experienced campaigners, some of who are world experts in their field. Our methodology is based on the belief that in order to ensure that revenue from natural resources drives peaceful and sustainable social and economic development in the world's poorest countries, there must be systemic change across the global legal and regulatory frameworks, the policies of governments and multilateral bodies, and the behavior of private companies and financial institutions. In our work to deliver systems change, we focus on three key areas of activity: Investigations, Exposure, and Advocacy. We have been instrumental in establishing and building coalitions over the past 20 years which provide platforms through which to share learning and experience and increase campaign reach. Our joint advocacy increases pressure on national and international political agendas, increasing the likelihood of success.

At Global Witness, we protect human rights and the environment by fearlessly confronting corruption and challenging the systems that enable it.

When founded in 1993, we were pioneers in seeing the link between natural resources, conflict and corruption. Since our very first campaign to shut down the Khmer Rouge’s illegal logging industry we’ve uncovered the truth about blood diamonds and helped bring trillions of oil, gas and mining revenues into the open.

We’ve shone a spotlight on the brutal killings of those defending their land from forced seizure by corporations and governments alike, campaigned for an end to the use of anonymous companies, and much more.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Global Witness

Board of directors
as of 2/3/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms Juana Kweitel Kweitel

Conectas Human Rights

Term: 2020 -

Patrick Alley

Global Witness

Charmian Gooch

Global Witness

Simon Taylor

Global Witness

Juana Kweitel

Conectas Human Rights

Fatima Hassan

Gaby Darbyshire

Framestore

Kirsty Lang

University College London

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 06/10/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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