The EITI Standard

The global standard for the good governance of oil, gas and mineral resources.

The EITI is the global standard for the good governance of oil, gas and mineral resources. 

When implemented by a country, the EITI ensures transparency and accountability about 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.

Part I: Implementation of the EITI Standard

1. The EITI Principles

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.

3. The EITI Requirements

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.

4. Overview of Validation

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.

5. The protocol “Participation of civil society”

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. 

6. The EITI Open Data Policy

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 II: Governance and management

Part two, governance and management contains the main documents concerning the governance of the EITI at the international level:

7. Articles of Association 

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.

8. EITI Openness policy

This policy sets out how the EITI itself should be transparent.

9. EITI Constituency guidelines

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]

10. Association Code of Conduct

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.