Transparency International is a movement comprised of several elements: a global network of chapters, an international secretariat, a Board of Directors, Individual Members and other volunteers. The movement is governed by the Transparency International Charter.

Our ultimate decision-making body is the Annual Membership Meeting, where accredited chapters and individual members join together to discuss critical issues, pass resolutions and elect the Board of Directors, our central governing body.

Institutional relationships

In its coalition-building approach, Transparency International engages with a multitude of stakeholders around the world. Formal institutional relationships are listed below.

Transparency International holds formal status with the following International Governmental Organisations

  • Council of Europe – Participatory status
  • Climate Investment Funds, Scaling Up Renewable Energy Programme (UNFCCC) – Elected as a developed country civil society representative with observer status
  • European Commission – Registered lobbyist as NGO
  • European Parliament – Accredited NGO
  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – Accredited observer
  • Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) – Official observer status
  • UN Department of Public Information (DPI) – NGO  accreditation (DPI & ECOSOC)
  • UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – Accredited observer
  • UN Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC) – Accreditation special consultative status

Memberships: Transparency International is a member of the following organisations:

  • Better Aid Coordinating Group – Member
  • Beyond 2015 – Member
  • Bundesverband dt. Pressesprecher – Member
  • CIVICUS (World Alliance for Citizen Participation) – Member
  • Committee of International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGO) – Member
  • European Foundation Center – Member
  • European Policy Centre (EPC) – Member
  • Freedom of Information Advocates Network – Member
  • Friends of Europe (FoE) – Member
  • G8/G20 Global Working Group – Member
  • Global Environmental Facility NGO Network – Member
  • Humanitarian Accountability Partnership 
(HAP) Associate – Member
  • IGAC (International Group for Anti-Corruption Coordination) – Member
  • Industrie-Pensions-Verein e.V. – Member
  • International Aid Transparency Initiative – Member (Steering Committee)
  • International Civil Society Centre – Member
  • LINGOs – Member

Transparency International is formally represented in the Governance of the following bodies:

  • Asian Development Bank (ADB) OECD Anti-Corruption Initiative for Asia Pacific – Representative on Initiative Steering Group
  • Crown Agents Foundation – Elected Permanent Member
  • Finance Watch (FW) – Representative on the Board
  • International Aid Transparency Initiative – Representative on Steering Committee
  • International Anti-Corruption Academy – Representative is Vice-Chair of the Board
  • International Civil Society Centre – Representative is Chair of the Board
  • World Economic Forum (WEF) NGO Advisory Group – Representative is Member
  • World Economic Forum (WEF) - Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI) – Representative on the Board
  • World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council (GAC) on Corruption – Representative is Co-Chair