Multinational Corporations

Fake Transparency: The Trend Towards 'Secure Reading Rooms'

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

This is why as we marked the occasion of Right to Know Day, I joined the protest outside this latest reading room in Brussels. It is totally inappropriate for private companies to control transparency in this way and to put their profits ahead of our right to information. We need to put the "freedom" back into "freedom of information." so that we know how our health and environment might be impacted. As policy makers we have a right to verify or challenge findings and to work for the public good.

A Rule Based World Order - The End Of The Delusion

Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia | Posted 05.08.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia

We had all bought into the idea of a post-war world order. Countries would co-operate to devise a system of 'global governance' where a set of clear r...

The Real Reason Why UK Tories Are Against EU Tax Probes

Anneliese Dodds | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Politics
Anneliese Dodds

Despite their claims to be leading the global fight against tax avoidance, British Conservatives have been vociferous in their condemnation of EU atte...

Austerity and Consumerism: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Eliane Glaser | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK
Eliane Glaser

I wandered into a beautiful Shoreditch boutique called Labour and Wait the other day, and walked out with brown paper bags full of plain enamelled pie dishes and school canteen tumblers. Unpacking my purchases at home, I wondered why, given the asceticism of my purchases, I still felt my usual pang of shopper's guilt. If anything, it felt even worse.

Romania: How Multinationals Gain Support

Stephen McGrath | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen McGrath

Over the past week Romanian government officials, mining industry figures, and several other parties championing the planned Rosia Montana gold mine p...

UK Open for Business - Please Tread Carefully

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

Britain is open for business, the Government is keen to say, and there are signs over the past few weeks that global firms are indeed looking seriously at entering the door. Yes, the UK offers a business-friendly tax culture. Yes, the workforce is trained and motivated in many areas. But there are complications that could trip up the unwary.

Profits and Loss - Human Rights and the Artisan

Allan Hogarth | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Politics
Allan Hogarth

In his pre-G8 speech the Prime Minister once again raised "the golden thread" theory which posits a link between open economies and open societies. Eradicating conflict and corruption, establishing the rule of law, free speech and the presence of property rights and strong institutions are central to this.

I Think Somebody Is Burning Down Las Vegas: The TEAM's Mission Drift and American Capitalism

Rachel Chavkin | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Rachel Chavkin

the Office of Cultural Affairs. She was in her 60s, and had been born and raised in Las Vegas (unusual for a woman of her generation).

Romania: The World's First Dystopia

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 06.08.2013 | UK
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

What propels Romania into the category of 'World's First Dystopia' is the massive cyanide mining project that could turn Transylvania, one of the most beautiful and pristine parts of Europe, into a dystopic wasteland. It is also a case study in how corporate PR and marketing can convince a population that the destruction of their ecosystem is in their own interest.

Why We LOVE to Moralise About Corporations Not Paying Enough Tax

John Bunzl | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK Politics
John Bunzl

We, and our politicians, love to moralise about the rank unfairness of multinational corporations paying so little tax. And it's quite understandable we should. As we suffer austerity measures on one side and higher food and energy bills on the other, why should multinational corporations get off so lightly? Well, they shouldn't.

Is Starbuck's Voluntary Tax Payment Extra-Hot Double Espresso or Just Luke-Warm Filter Coffee?

John Bunzl | Posted 11.02.2013 | UK Politics
John Bunzl

The coffee chain is voluntarily paying £20m to the UK taxman - an action that has been celebrated as a victory over the multi-nationals, promising to have a ripple effect on other tax dodgers. But will it?

Multinationals Regard Tax Avoidance as a Moral Imperative. Isn't it Time We Made Them Pay Up?

Thomas Midlane | Posted 30.12.2012 | UK Politics
Thomas Midlane

The global financial elite is operating in a mirror world, one in which black is white and up is down but, as Nigel Green makes clear, to do so would be a gross dereliction of duty to your shareholders.

MPs Get It Right On Tax And Poverty

Rachel Baird | Posted 23.10.2012 | UK Politics
Rachel Baird

Those of us who campaign for the powerful to pay their taxes are delighted with the cross-party MPs' report because it sets out the shocking facts on tax and poverty with admirable clarity. It also calls on the Government to stop making excuses and get on with helping poor countries collect the taxes they're owed.

The One Million, the FTSE 100 and the 99%

Melanie Ward | Posted 17.01.2012 | UK Politics
Melanie Ward

The chorus of voices in protest is growing. How loud will it have to get before we see some change?