Multinational Corporations and Tax Transparency: Issues for Responsible Investors

The issue of corporate tax policy has crept into the mainstream as profits rise and tax receipts fall. Increased public interest has spurred politicians and government leaders to push for regulatory change. Many multinational corporations look to minimize their tax burden by declaring profits in low-tax jurisdictions. However, such tax avoidance strategies pose material medium- to long-term risks to profitability. And due to a lack of transparency among companies about their tax policies, investors are unable to adequately assess company exposure to these risks.

Sustainalytics and guests discussed the changing landscape of corporate tax policies and the issue of transparency. They also examined the risks tax avoidance strategies pose to multinational corporations and investors and suggested some tax strategies that should be avoided and adopted.

The panelists included:

  • Katharine Teague, Senior Private Sector Adviser, Christian Aid
  • Rebecca Lewis, Investment Analysts, Arisaig Partners
  • Zachary Paris, Client Relations Adviser, Sustainalytics
Session I*Session II

*Note: Katharine Teague was not able to participate in Session I

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The subject of these webinars was based on Sustainalytics' report "'It's Time to Call for More Responsibility': Multinational Corporations and Tax Transparency." Follow the link to download the full report.
Report - Multinational Corporations and Tax Transparency: Issues for Responsible Investors