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The TED Prize wish: What you can do to end anonymous companiesThe TED Prize wish: What you can do to end anonymous companies

Posted By Tedstaff

By Natasha Scripture Anti-corruption activist Charmian Gooch stood up on stage at TED2014 tonight and revealed her TED Prize wish: to get rid of anonymous companies once and for all by making who owns and controls them public knowledge. As head of Global Witness, a UK-based non-profit that has been campaigning for transparency for the […]

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A scandal of epic proportions hidden in plain sight: TED Prize winner Charmian Gooch reveals her wish at TED2014A scandal of epic proportions hidden in plain sight: TED Prize winner Charmian Gooch reveals her wish at TED2014

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

“TED Prize winners are heroes,” says longtime TEDster Jeff Skoll, as he introduces this year’s TED Prize winner. “They often go on to exceed even their own most audacious goals.” Watch Charmian Gooch’s TED Talk >> This year, by sheer coincidence, the Skoll Foundation and TED chose to honor the same person with their annual awards—Charmian […]

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Video: Smile if you’d like to end anonymous companiesVideo: Smile if you’d like to end anonymous companies

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Transparency isn’t just a nice-to-do for businesses. It’s essential, says Charmian Gooch, the anti-corruption crusader who accepted the TED Prize tonight. On the TED2014 stage, Gooch revealed her wish for the world. “My wish is for us to know who owns and controls companies, so that they can no longer be used anonymously against the […]

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What are anonymous companies? An infographicWhat are anonymous companies? An infographic

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At TED2014, Charmian Gooch made the TED Prize wish to launch a new era of openness in business and end the phenomenon of anonymous companies. “Anonymous companies are making it difficult, and sometimes impossible, to find the actual human beings responsible for really bad crimes,” she said. So how do anonymous companies work? This infographic explains the […]

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Charmian Gooch of Global Witness wins the TED Prize; will reveal wish for the world at TED2014Charmian Gooch of Global Witness wins the TED Prize; will reveal wish for the world at TED2014

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“It’s easy to think that corruption happens somewhere over there, carried out by a bunch of greedy despots,” says anti-corruption activist Charmian Gooch in her blistering talk from TEDGlobal 2013. “The reality is that the engine of corruption exists far beyond the shores of countries like Equatorial Guinea or Nigeria or Turkmenistan. This engine is driven […]

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Uncovering corruption: Charmian Gooch at TEDGlobal 2013Uncovering corruption: Charmian Gooch at TEDGlobal 2013

Posted By Karen Eng

When we talk about corruption, certain types of individuals come to mind, says Charmian Gooch, co-founder of watchdog NGO Global Witness. She gives some familiar examples of the type. There’s the (former) Soviet megalomaniac — such as Saparmurat Niyazov, the all-powerful leader of Turkmenistan, whose indulgences included erecting a 40-foot-high gold-plated statue of himself that […]