CICTAR was formed by a group of unions and civil society organisations that believe workers and the community need more and better information about the tax arrangements of multinational corporations.
While corporations have the resources to invest heavily in understanding and lobbying around these activities, trade unions, civil society, workers and the community often do not.
CICTAR provides a centralised resource for these groups, providing information about the practical effects of corporate tax policy and behaviour.
CICTAR is currently staffed by our Principal Analyst, Jason Ward, supported by a network of academics and researchers from across the globe.
Jason Ward has been a frequent commentator on corporate tax issues as an analyst and spokesperson for the Tax Justice Network – Australia. He is currently an adjunct senior researcher with the University of Tasmania’s Institute for the Study of Social Change. Over the last several years Jason Ward has conducted in-depth research on Chevron, Exxon, the Petroleum Resource Rent Tax (PRRT). He has recently analysed the tax practices of large for-profit aged care (nursing home) companies and other large government contractors and helped mobilise over US$10 trillion of investor capital to support the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) proposed tax transparency reporting standards. Jason has a MPhil in Development Studies at the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex in the UK. He has lived in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, campaigned to reform the World Bank and IMF, and has 15 years of research and campaign experience with two of the most active US unions.
Bronwyn Lee has worked as a researcher and organiser for trade unions and progressive organisations in Australia. She is writing her PhD on the political economy of the global mining industry at the State University of New York (SUNY), Binghamton. Working with CICTAR and others, Bronwyn developed a toolkit for unions engaging with problems of corporate tax avoidance and researched tax avoidance in Africa by large tobacco companies.
Tom Powdrill, based in London, of PIRC Limited is a leading responsible investment practitioner with over 15 years’ experience of shareholder engagement, working with both pension funds and civil society. He has particular expertise in the social component of ESG (environmental, social, corporate governance), focusing primarily on labour and workplace issues. He has played a central role in numerous high-profile shareholder engagements on social issues at companies including Ryanair, Sports Direct, News Corp and National Express. Most recently he was Responsible Investment Co-ordinator at the International Transport Workers’ Federation, undertaking both campaigns and policy work. Previously he was Head of Communications at PIRC and worked with the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum on its engagement programme. Prior to this he was a senior policy officer at the UK Trades Union Congress, working on pension and investment issues, trustee training and fund manager research. In a previous life he was an award-winning financial journalist.
The following groups support the work of CICTAR