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[PDF] Tax responsibility:an investor guide

This guide is aimed at investors seeking to examine corporate tax policy and practices. Tax is increasingly under the spotlight, intensifying financial, regulatory and reputational risks in this area for companies. Where tax practices are aggressive, they can also undermine the ability of governments in developing countries to provide public services…In this climate, investors need clear benchmarks to gauge such risks…Clear, verifiable benchmarks would also help companies to cut through claim and counter-claim, enabling them to communicate their tax policies and practices, and the true levels of risk associated with them. This guide is intended as a practical contribution towards defining such benchmarks across three broad areas of tax responsibility:- a responsible tax policy (content) responsible management of tax policy (processes) - responsible tax reporting (transparency). [refers to Aggreko, Barclays, Bear Sterns, Burberry, Cairn Energy, Centrica, Costa Coffee, Diageo, Enron, Experian, G4S, Glencore, Goldman Sachs, Hargreaves Landsdown, Imperial Tobacco, John Lewis, KPMG, Legal & General, Marks & Spencer, Mopani Copper Mine (part of Glencore), Morrisons, Old Mutual, PWC, Rio Tinto, Rolls Royce, SABMiller, Schroders, Smiths Group, Starbucks, Tyco, Vodafone, Wm Morrison Supermarkets]