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Tax campaigners making the headlines

By Alasdair Roxburgh | 12 November 2010

Earlier this week, the Financial Times carried a full page article on tax with a strong focus on our Trace the Tax campaign, a sure sign the campaign for tax justice is gaining real momentum.

CellphoneThe article looks at the pressure mobile phone giant Vodafone has come under recently.

In the last few weeks protesters have blockaded the mobile phone company's stores with banners carrying slogans accusing Vodafone of dodging paying taxes in the UK.

Vodafone, of course, is also, separately, included in our current Trace the Tax campaign.

Christian Aid is not accusing Vodafone (or the other three companies, Unilever, TUI Travel and Intercontinental Hotels Group) of tax dodging in developing countries, or anywhere.

We are including them in our Trace the Tax campaign because we believe that they can play a role in helping tackle a culture of financial secrecy that allows tax dodging to thrive, and which we estimate costs developing countries $160 billion every year – more than the entire global aid budget.

The FT article describes the two campaigns as a sign of a growing trend for activists to focus on companies’ tax obligations in social justice campaigns.As it says:'One lesson for companies is clear: tax is becoming an important source of reputational risk.'

The pressure is building on companies such as Vodafone to support transparency in tax – and that's down to the efforts of Christian Aid supporters like you.

Help us keep the momentum - lobby Vodafone, Unilever, TUI Travel and Intercontinental Hotels Group now.

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 About the author

Alasdair Roxburgh

Alasdair Roxburgh is our churches campaigns manager