Illicit Financial Flows and Tax Havens: a CSR Blindspot?

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Anneke Zwart
Student (University), Netherlands
Although illicit* transfer flows and tax evading are often seen as a problem resulting from corruption in developing countries, it is mainly a political and legal problem that needs to be addressed by politicians, governments and international organizations. But Dobers and Halme (2009) argue that also the field of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is responsible for addressing and dealing with illicit transfer flows and tax evading. A large share of total illicit financial flows is caused large businesses: Dober and Halme point out that estimates show that only 3% of illicit transnational transfers can be assigned to corrupt politicians. A much bigger share - 60% - is tax evasion by large companies in the form of for example tax havens, fake transactions and mispricing. Developed countries have often designed certain mechanisms to transfer incredibly large amounts of money from developing countries to the West; Western countries have exploited legal loopholes that encourage illi (...) Read more? Sign up for free

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