CICTAR was formed by a group of unions and civil society organisations that believe that 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 Jason Ward, Sakshi Rai, Toby Quantrill, and Claire Parfitt and is 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 a Visiting Fellow at the Faculty of Business at the University of Greenwich, United Kingdom. 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.
Sakshi Rai is a public policy expert with a background in domestic resource mobilization, global tax transparency reforms – enablers and beneficial ownership, and gender responsive budgeting. She previously worked at the Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability, India as a Program Officer. As a Steering Committee member of the Financial Transparency Coalition, she was also responsible for intergovernmental and multilateral advocacy, coordination with different networks, and producing research for the Southern Regions Program with a focus on Asia-Pacific. Over the years she has also written for multiple outlets like India Development Review, The Diplomat, The Wire, Global Voice and others on issues of abusive tax practices, need for gender responsive reforms, water and sanitation to name a few. She is a post graduate in Development Economics from the University of Glasgow, Scotland.
Toby Quantrill has a background as a development professional with an MSc in Development Planning and Management and over twenty years of experience in the development sector, working with a number of major NGOs and alongside the labour movement. He has worked on direct programme delivery, advocacy and campaigning as well as a broad range of policy areas including health, climate change, disability, trade and, most recently, tax. Toby has worked as tax policy officer with the global NGO Action Aid and with the UK development organization Christian Aid as the Global Lead on Economic Justice. Toby is on the Board of Tax Justice UK and helped to set up and lead the Steering group for the Independent Commission for Reform of International Corporate Taxation (ICRICT), a high level Commission that brings together prominent economists, academics and activists from across the globe.
Dr Claire Parfitt has twenty years of experience as a lawyer, researcher and campaigner. Her research and professional interests bring together corporate governance, law and political economy. She has contributed to many successful campaigns, holding governments and corporations to account on workers’ rights, environmental issues, migration and development. Having worked for several transnational civil society organisations including Greenpeace and UNI Global Union, Claire has extensive experience in campaign research, strategy and stakeholder engagement. At the University of Sydney and Macquarie University, Claire teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students about international finance, globalisation, the future of work and environmental economics, and publishes widely on finance, risk and labour. Her writing appears in academic journals like Critical Sociology, Finance and Society and Environment and Planning as well as The Guardian, The Conversation, and Overland.
The following groups support the work of CICTAR