ABOUT US

WHAT IS EXTRACTIVE TRANSPARENCY?

Transparencia Extractivas is a diverse group of individuals coming from academia, journalism and civil society organizations that work for transparency and accountability in the extractive industry in Mexico. Therefore, since 2016, we actively participate in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).

EITI is a global standard that seeks to make transparent the financial flows of the extractive industry in order to improve the governance of the natural resources of the countries that have decided to implement it. For civil society, this initiative is an open opportunity since it grants flexibility in the application of the global standard, which allows to adjust it to every particular country’s context. From this position, the standard is also a mechanism through which issues related to the challenges posed by the management and extraction of resources, such as socio-environmental impacts, human rights grievances, among others, can be addressed.

The success of this initiative depends to a large extent on the active participation of civil society. For that reason, Transparencia Extractiva is willing to articulate a common strategy that integrates the diverse approaches and experiences of the different social actors. That is why one of the most important objectives is to grow and join any organization or individual interested on transparency and accountability of the extractive industry for the benefit of our communities and natural resources.

The topics below reflect our main interest:

– Work in the field and academic research related to oil, gas and mineral resources.
– Population groups in vulnerable situations whose rights are affected by extractive activities.
– Training and community organization in areas where extractive projects operate.
– Defense of social or ecological rights and defense of the territory in extraction zones.
– Access to information and accountability of the extractive industry, as well as citizen participation, public advocacy and journalism.
– Transparency networks and alliances.

 

MEMBERS

Since 2015, some civil society organizations have promoted the creation of the so-called Broad Group (GA, by its initials in Spanish) of organizations that saw in the EITI Standard the opportunity to add transparency and accountability of the extractive industries in our country, having in mind that their implementation could strengthen the participation of civil society and communities that live in places where extractive projects operate.

Currently the GA is composed of more than 20 organizations committed to the transparency of the extractive industry. Thus, the Group of Representatives and Alternates (GRS, by its initials in Spanish) is composed of 6 members that arise by election from among the members of the GA. Thus, the GRS aims to represent the interests of GA in the Multi Stakeholder Group (GMN, by its initials in Spanish), in which Extractive Companies, Government and Civil Society Organizations participate.

Current GRS members:

Titular members

Benjamin Cokelet
Founder and Co-Executive Director at PODER
Teresa Gutiérrez Haces
Professor at IIE-UNAM
Waldo Terry Carrillo
President of Amigos del Río San Rodrigo

Alternate members

Fabiola Sosa Rodríguez
Professor at UAM
Manuel Llano Vázquez Prada
Researcher and Founder at CartoCrítica
Vania Montalvo
Transparencia Mexicana
HISTORIA

EITI is an international initiative that seeks the good governance of oil, gas and other mineral resources through a broad and participatory process that brings together governments, companies and civil society. The objective is to move forward towards the implementation of the standard to guarantee the transparency and accountability of extractive industries. The initiative proposes statistics and relevant information related with extractive sector must be disclosed by companies and government along with civil society. This information must be according to a jointly defined standard and should be oriented to disclose relevant data such as the payments made by the companies, the income received from the exploitation of hydrocarbons and minerals, as well as the use that is given to those resources, among other topics. The foregoing is contained in the standard and allows the initiative greater flexibility with the objective that its implementation is adjusted to the interests and needs of each country.

EITI Mexico process background

Civil society’s participation in the EITI initiative date back to the 2009-2011 period, when Transparencia Mexicana was first invited to be part of the EITI governing board. Therefore, the proposition was made for Mexico to sign the Iniciative through the commitments of the Open Government Partnership. In the OGP extended Action Plan 2012-2013, Transparencia Mexicana and Fundar, Center for Analysis and Research, agreed to analyze the relevance of Mexico’s accession to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, given the country’s resources wealth and the existing information gaps in the matter. The working group concluded that the incorporation of Mexico to EITI would imply diverse benefits for the country. In this way, it will be possible to advance in the transparency agenda of the mining sector, consolidate its progress in terms of transparency in the hydrocarbon sector and align its efforts with those of other countries that have recently joined EITI. Thus, in the 2013-2015 OGP Action Plan, commitment 26 established Mexico’s adherence to the EITI standard.

Multi Stakeholder Group (MSG)

Civil society plays a key role in the implementation of the Standard, since it requires to set up a Multi-Stakeholder Group that includes industry, government and civil society. In Mexico, this effort was called the Multipartite National Group (GMN, by its initials in Spanish). The group was formally established on November 22, 2016, which was the result of a hard work of civil society and a step forward in the process. It would grant the minimum conditions for the participation of several organizations and academic institutions.

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