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, Toby Quantrill, Claire Parfitt, and Vivek Kotecha, 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.
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.
Vivek Kotecha began working with CICTAR on a regular basis in 2021. Vivek is a forensic accountant and public policy consultant with a background in health policy and tax management consulting. He trained as a chartered accountant at Deloitte, and then moved into health policy working in both government and later for a public interest think tank. Vivek focuses on applying his expertise in accountancy and business to public policy and public interest issues, particularly around corporate accountability, money flows, and strategies. He conducted an industry-wide analysis of where the money going into the care home sector ends up, has examined the relationships between public health services and private providers, and analysed the tax affairs of multinationals such as Amazon. He has a BSc and MSc in Economics from the University of London.
The following groups support the work of CICTAR