For today’s post we are sharing an easy way to see the full list of mandatory disclosure reports submitted to Companies House Extractives Service in the United Kingdom (UK). This site houses the project-level payments reports filed in compliance with the UK implementation of the EU Accounting and Transparency Directives, which requires oil, gas and mining companies listed on a UK stock exchange (or large companies incorporated in the UK) to report their project-level payments to governments.
International oil majors BP and Shell, as well as mining giant Rio Tinto, have now made their reports publicly available on the UK register, in a machine-readable format (excel files). However, there is a slight problem with how the Companies House site presents the reports. Upon navigating to their page you are met with the following:
As you can see above, there is nothing more than a search tool, and there is no way to browse the list of companies that have filed reports. In order to find a company report, you need to search for that name specifically.
Fortunately, we have found a way to access the full list of companies that have reported!
There are two ways to do this:
Inputting this search query gives you a list of the currently available reports in no discernible order. There are dates attached to each report but you will have to click on each company to find them:
Mandatory disclosure reporting is new and it is important that companies report at the appropriate level of granularity, and that governments make these disclosures easily accessible and usable for the public. The best practice for presenting mandatory disclosure data is to provide machine-readable files as is found on the UK site. This allows stakeholders to skip the steps of scraping and cleaning the data as was necessary with the Total report, which was filed under France’s transposition of the EU Directives.
In a future post we will describe the process for accessing extractives data in the countries where reports are available--information on where to find company disclosure data can be found on our resources page.
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