Rasheda Begum collects water from the communal tap used up to 25 people in the shared yard of her home. Chittagong, Bangladesh. Credit: GMB Akash/Oxfam

Why tax dodging is a human rights issue

Inequality, Private sector, Tax 0 Comments

Last week in the wake of the Paradise Papers scandal Mark Goldring explained how tax dodging deprives already deprived people of basic services like access to water, education and healthcare. But, how does tax affect human rights?  Here, Alex May argues that tax dodging can also be seen as a human rights violation. What is tax dodging? Corporations and wealthy people …

Mother and daughter at a very basic health clinic in Niger. Credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam

Cracking down on tax dodging, cracking down on poverty

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Following the ‘Paradise Papers’ leak of financial documents Mark Goldring explains why Oxfam is calling for greater tax transparency. When businesses dodge taxes the poorest people suffer the consequences: lack of funding for public services. Through Oxfam’s work fighting poverty around the world, I see the devastating impact that not having access to basic services like education, clean water and …

Greater Gabbard wind farm. Credit: SSE

Tax is an attitude: not just a set of rules

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A huge new leak of financial documents this week has revealed how some multinational companies secretly make use of tax havens. FTSE 100 energy company SSE believes it should be the norm to report tax payments on a country by country basis, as they already do. Here Alistair Phillips-Davies, SSE’s Chief Executive, explains why paying taxes matters to them. SSE …

A scorecard from Oxfam's Behind the Brands campaign. Credit: Oxfam

Using scorecards to influence business: the Behind the Brands experience

Influencing, Private sector 0 Comments

In the run up to Oxfam’s Evidence for Influencing conference on Oct 23 – 24, Erinch Sahan shares how Oxfam has used scorecards to influence business. Companies compete, that’s just what they do. As a company’s performance is assessed against competitors’ decision-makers in companies are incentivised to ‘win’. The desire to ‘win’ shapes corporate culture and this is a dynamic …

Nato Lomjaria, is photographed outside the cold storage room at Tianeti Snobati Cooperative in the Mtskheta Tianeti region of Georgia. The cooperative, which sources and dries wild berries, fruits and herbs, was created in 2015 as part of a nationwide project led by Oxfam that so far has facilitated the formation of 48 cooperatives in 13 municipalities, employing around 10,000 people. Credit: Sam Tarling/Oxfam

Reimagining business to tackle inequality

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Erinch Sahan explains why the current reality of mainstream business isn’t cutting the mustard when it comes to tackling inequality. Inequality is spiralling to absurd levels. Our economies are generating vast wealth but it is channelled to a tiny minority of people. Since the turn of the century, the poorest half of the world’s population has received just one percent of …

Paulina Sibanda’s husband Opheus Dube helps her with cooking in their kitchen in Zvishevane region, Zimbabwe. Paulina is a beneciary of the Oxfam We-Care project in partnership with Unilever/Surf. Paulina received this fuel efficient wood stove and as well as a solar panel. Credit: Aurelie Marrier d'Unienville / Oxfam

How businesses can tackle the social norms that limit women

General, Private sector, Women's Economic Empowerment 0 Comments

Across the world, women make a significant contribution to global supply chains, in spite of complex hurdles that limit their inclusion and their leadership. How can businesses make it easier for women to fulfil their potential? Claudia Canepa shares some ideas from Oxfam’s private sector partnerships. The UN High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment (HLP) recently identified seven key …

Young women who work in Myanmar’s garment sector. Credit: Lisa Scharinger, Oxfam

Making ‘people are our greatest asset’ ring true

General, Private sector 1 Comment

The Workforce Disclosure Initiative will shine a spotlight on how companies treat the people working in their supply chains. Rachel Wilshaw, Ethical Trade Manager, explains how and why Oxfam is involved. ‘Disclosure’ is a hot topic at present, with the BBC dealing with the fall-out from disclosing the gender pay-gap amongst top presenters, the prime minister of Pakistan resigning following …

A letter to Sainsbury’s

Food & livelihoods, General, Private sector 0 Comments

This is a joint agency letter sent to Sainsbury’s CEO Mike Coupe following the announcement of the “Fairly Traded” tea pilot and the creation of the new Sainsbury’s Sustainability Standards.  Dear Mike, Following the announcement of Sainsbury’s “Fairly Traded” tea pilot and the creation of the new Sainsbury’s Sustainability Standards, we are writing to express a number of serious concerns. Although …