The EITI Standard is the international standard for transparency and accountability around a country's oil, gas and mineral resources.
When implemented, the EITI ensures transparency on how a country's natural resources are governed. This ranges from how the rights are issued, to how the resources are monetised, to how they benefit the citizens and the economy.
The Standard is composed of two parts. Part I deals with the implementation of the Standard and part II deals with the governance and management of the international EITI. Find an overview of the Standard below, including links to more information.
To see the whole Standard, including foreword and introduction, please refer to the PDF version.
The EITI Principles lay out the general aims and commitments by all stakeholders. They were agreed by all stakeholders in 2003.
2. EITI sign up
A section on how countries can sign up to become EITI implementing countries. There is a guidance note here.
The EITI Requirements are minimum requirements that form the core of the Standard. These must be adhered to by countries implementing the EITI. A section called compliance and deadlines for implementing countries outlines the timeframes that implementing countries have to adhere to and the consequences of non-compliance with the EITI Requirements.
Validation provides stakeholders with an assessment of whether EITI implementation in a country is consistent with the provisions of the EITI Standard. The Validation procedure combines data collection and stakeholder consultation undertaken by the EITI International Secretariat, with a review by a Board-appointed Validator. The Validation Guide provides guidance to the EITI Board on assessing EITI Requirements.
The participation of civil society in the EITI process is formally assessed at two stages of EITI implementation – during the candidature assessment and during the Validation process. An assessment of civil society participation may also take place on an ad-hoc basis in response to specific concerns raised with the Board about the situation in a specific implementing country. This protocol sets out the questions that the EITI Board (including Committees) and validators should consider in assessing whether the provisions pertaining to civil society participation (1.3.a-e; i.3.f.ii) have been met, as well as the types of evidence to be used in answering those questions.
This policy contains recommendations on open data in implementation of the EITI. It builds on lessons emerging from national level implementation and emerging international best practice.
Part two, governance and management contains the main documents concerning the governance of the EITI at the international level:
The EITI is governed by a not-for-profit members association under Norwegian law. It is the EITI Association’s articles that provide the governing framework for the EITI.
This policy sets out how the EITI itself should be transparent.
Each constituency (implementing countries, supporting countries, supporting companies and investors, civil society organisations) is represented on the EITI Board. Each constituency has the right and responsibility to organise its own nominations processes. [link forthcoming]
This Code of Conduct applies to all EITI Board members, their alternates, Members of the EITI Association, secretariat staff (national and international), and members of multi-stakeholder groups.