ESRC Research Seminar Series: BAM CSR SIG



‘When worlds collide’: contested paradigms of corporate social responsibility


25 March 2009 

The Auditorium, Alcuin Research Resource Centre

 University of York


Seminar Two

Is Corporate Taxation Practice a CSR Issue?


The second seminar in the series will consider the role of taxation in responsible business practice. 


Significant issues regarding corporate engagement with sustainable development and social responsibility are related to tax regimes across continents. At the same time, evidence of tax avoidance by multinationals seems to challenge their CSR credentials and cast doubt on the ability of governments to collect taxes due, thus undermining national social policies. There is growing coverage in the media critical of the tax avoidance schemes many multi-nationals are adopting. The seminar will ask: Is corporate taxation practice a CSR issue? 


Among the additional questions covered will be: Can taxation be used to alter corporate and individual spending decisions? How are business and social resistance issues overcome? How far can national governments go without damaging their own international competitiveness? Is taxation an opportunity to orchestrate international co-operation? To what extend, in a free market economy, is intervention advisable?


The seminar will also consider issues relating to green taxation and possibilities for improved social justice through taxation policies.


Presentations by

  • Professor Prem Sikka, University of Essex
  • Richard Murphy, Tax Research LLP and the Tax Justice Network
  • Gregory Morris, ex-Tax Partner, DLA Piper, now Nottingham University Business School


Responses by

  • Professor Jane Frecknall-Hughes, The Open University
  • Professor Matthias Beck, The York Management School


A panel discussion will follow with lots of time for questions from the floor.


Further information from: Alan Murray or Kathryn Haynes:


Registration and more information available : HERE


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