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Corporate governance

Accounting for poverty: How international tax rules keep people poor ActionAid, 2009
This report argues that developing countries should themselves be able to finance more of the services that are essential to tackling poverty, through
tax revenue. The problem is that much of this revenue is lost through
tax avoidance and evasion, given away in tax concessions to
multinational companies, or not raised in the first place because of
deficits in tax policy and administration. It sets out some of the
steps that need to be taken, at global and national level, to ensure
that this potential is realised.

Act Now! A Campaigner's Guide to the Companies Act CORE & Trade Justice Movement, 2007
How activists and campaigners can use the Act to help improve the social and environmental performance of companies.

A Sterling Solution: Implementing a Stamp Duty on Sterling to Finance International Development Stamp Out Poverty, 2006
Report outlines a cost-effective way to raise significant sums for international development - more than US billion annually - that causes minimal disruption to sterling currency markets.

Behind the Shine: The other Shell Report Friends of the Earth, 2003
One of several reports which highlight Shell's exaggerated claims about its social and environmental performance in order to make the case for urgent reform of UK company law and Shell's attitude to fenceline communities.

 

False profits: robbing the poor to keep the rich tax-free Christian Aid, 2009
Detailed analysis of corporate tax dodging using transfer pricing which deprives Majority World countries of an estimated 0bn in revenue which could be used to tackle poverty..

 

Growing Pains: The human cost of cut flowers in British supermarkets War on Want, 2007
Report from Kenya and Colombia which reveals that voluntary codes of conduct cannot guarantee decent working conditions and a healthy and safe working environment.

How Northern Donors Promote Corruption: Tales From the New Mozambique Corner House, 2004
Report showing how increased intervention by international financial institutions, such as the World Bank and bilateral aid donors, to support liberalisation, have contributed to high levels of corruption.

Let's Clean Up Fashion 2009: The state of pay behind the UK high street Labour Behind the Label, 2009
Update on the wage rates of garment workers who make the clothes we wear.

Meeting the Millennium Promise All Party Parliamentary Group for Debt, Aid and Trade, 2009
Report into possible innovative sources of finance to meet the Millennium Development Goals.

The reality of rights: Barriers to accessing remedies when business operates beyond borders CORE & LSE, 2009
Report assesses the existing systems of redress available to individuals and communities whose human rights have been violated in some way as a consequence of the operations of UK companies abroad. Includes case studies from Kenya, India and Nigeria.

Royal Bank of Sustainability WDM, People & Planet, FOE & Platform, 2009
Report looks at how the government should align its recent investment in the fossil-fuel rich portfolio of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) with social and environmental objectives, in particular to combat climate change.

Seeing Through the Spin Baby Milk Action & RISC, 2003
Resource for teachers and facilitators exploring corporate public relations. Workshop activities include analysing claims for corporate social responsibility, greenwash and bluewash (UN-Business Global Compact).

Sour Grapes: South African wine workers and British supermarket power War on Want, 2009
Report illustrates how workers producing wine suffer the most from a supply chain that is squeezed to the maximum, with supermarkets reaping the benefits.

Tax havens and tax competition: one rule for the poor, no rules for the rich War on Want, 2009
Briefing paper explaining the enormous shadow economy of offshore tax havens.

When Markets Are Poison: Learning about Climate Policy from the Financial Crisis Cornerhouse, 2009
Paper draws parallels between the creation of new financial products – derivatives – which precipitated the financial crisis, and the dangers of the carbon trading regime which has emerged in recent years.

 

Kenya debtVulture

 

Weblinks

The Corner House support democratic and community movements for environmental and social justice. Publishes regular briefings on a range of issues including financial markets.

Christian Aid's Trade the Tax campaign is calling for new accounting rules to end financial secrecy. The website has background information and ideas for action.

Corporate Responsibility (CORE) Coalition strives to improve UK companies’ impacts on people and the environment. It calls for greater transparency and accountability for business operations, and access to justice for victims of harmful corporate conduct. Archive of reports of corporate irresponsibility.

The Guardian Tax Gap investigation is looking into tax avoidance by global corporations and has a wealth of background information.

Jubilee Debt Campaign works on debt-related issues including vulture funds.

Labour Behind the Label supports garment workers' efforts worldwide to defend their rights, educating consumers, lobbying companies and government, raising awareness, and encouraging international solidarity with workers.

Stamp Out Poverty is a network which campaigns for additional sources of finance to bridge the massive funding gap required to bring the world’s poorest people out of poverty. It is advocating a Currency Transaction Levy (CTL), inpsired by the Tobin Tax, to fund the Millenium Development Goals.

War on Want campaign on the abuse of corporate power including tax dodging, corporations and conflict, trade justice and supermarkets. Download the No Ifs, No Buts poster.

Tax Justice Network promotes transparency in international finance in order to encourage real corporate responsibility and control corruption.