Transparency

Enough Food For Everyone IF governments and big companies are honest about their actions that stop people getting enough food.

Many governments and big companies keep secrets. They’d rather we didn’t know that the deals they make help keep the world’s poorest citizens in a cycle of hunger. It’s time for them to be held to account.

We need stronger laws that force governments and corporations to be open and honest in all their actions relating to the food system, and ensure that resources are used to help poor people.

What do we want the UK Government to do about transparency?

  1. The UK Government should use its presidency of the G8 to push for greater transparency in land acquisitions, to ensure that corrupt deals are stopped and that people have the information they need to hold governments and companies to account.

  2. The UK Government should support greater financial transparency from governments of developing countries, so that citizens in these countries can hold their governments to account for the money they spend.

  3. The UK Government should promote greater participation by citizens in budget decision-making in G8 countries, with other nations encouraged to do the same. There should be a global agreement on publishing a full breakdown of all government income and spending in a way that’s understandable and accessible to the public.

  4. The UK Government should improve corporate transparency, so that companies can be held to account by investors and the public for their actions in the food system. Under UK law, companies should be required to report on the full environmental, social and human rights impact of their business. The UK should also push for similar legislation in the EU.

Enough Food For Everyone IF the UK Government pushes for more transparency.

 

What did IF achieve on tax and transparency?

  • In the UK: in March, hundreds of IF campaigners lobbied local MPs and thousands wrote letters to George Osborne calling on him to reform UK tax laws in the Budget. These reforms would have helped developing countries recover the taxes they are owed. But the Treasury didn't heed our calls, so there's still much work to do.
  • Later, however, in May, he couldn't ignore our calls to tackle 'the elephant in the room' - our own tax havens, those in overseas territories and crown dependencies. At the Trade, Transparency and Tax summit in June, all UK tax havens committed to sign a convention that would help improve transparency.
  • On the global stage: thousands of you gathered in Belfast and put huge pressure on the G8 to set out great ambition to tackle tax dodging, which they did days later at their summit - unthinkable just a few months ago. But still more work is needed to see this ambition turned into real action that will help poor countries.

The public argument for a crackdown on tax dodging has been won, but the political battle remains. Future G8s and G20s must finish the job.