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Tax campaign: business and development

By Alasdair Roxburgh | 2 December 2010

The director of Business Action for Africa and founder of Business Fights Poverty, Zahid Torres-Rahman, wrote a blog post on the Guardian this week calling for development agencies like Christian Aid and Action Aid to recognise the wider benefits that businesses bring to development when campaigning on tax dodging.

Of course, Christian Aid has always done that. We recognise that to end poverty, and in particular to end tax dodging, we need business to play a progressive and constructive role.

That's why we're calling on four FTSE-listed companies (Vodafone, TUI Travel, Unilever, Intercontinental Hotels Group) to support our call for greater financial transparency.

These companies have the power and influence to make a massive difference in the fight against tax dodging, which if successful could be worth $160bn each year to the developing world.

But for this to happen we need business to engage with us too. Please email the FTSE Four and ask them to support our campaign.

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Write to our FTSE Four and ask them to help us trace the tax.

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In Ireland?  Write to Vodafone and Unilever in Ireland.

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 About the author

Alasdair Roxburgh

Alasdair Roxburgh is our churches campaigns manager