The way the global economy is impacted by tax evasion is currently a hot topic. In recent months, major news stories and high profile campaigns have meant that many people are now aware of the extent to which corruption impacts the world’s poorest people the hardest.
It is estimated, for example, that developing countries lose three times more money to tax havens than they receive in aid each year. And it’s predicted that illegal tax evasion will be responsible for 5.6 million children dying in developing countries between 2000 and 2015. In short, corruption kills.
It’s time for us to take action – and that’s why we’re proud to be part of the EXPOSED 2013 campaign. EXPOSED is a global call for integrity, asking governments, organisations, and individuals to resist corruption and pave the way for a world where everyone has the opportunity to live a full life.
EXPOSED aims to:
- Engage 100 million to consider practical and positive ways to resist corruption. Helpful toolkits suggest ways to engage, such as bribe boxes, media campaigns and meetings with politicans, as well as increased integrity and ethics in business.
- Hold 2000 vigils with the poor across the globe. This is a moment to stand with our brothers and sisters – many of them already taking risks to resist corruption. Prayer and action will be centred around public services that fail to deliver to the poorest.
- Collect 1 million signatures of a Global Call and present millions more at the G20 meeting of the world’s largest economic powers in November 2014: pressing for more open tax regimes and greater transparency in payments to combat bribery and tax avoidance.
Activities throughout the year are building up to a week of action from 14-20 October. The EXPOSED coalition, a group of churches, businesses and organisations, welcomed this month’s decision by the G8 leaders to end corporate tax evasion and crack down on tax havens as a positive step forward, but hopes that these promises will be followed up.
Joel Edwards, International Co-ordinator of EXPOSED, said, “We need to keep the pressure on nations in the G8 and also ask the wider group of G20 nations to take up this challenge.”
What can you do to shine a light on corruption? A simple way to start is by signing the Global Call to G20 leaders. This will be presented at the G20 meeting in November. If you’re inspired to take further action by holding a vigil, writing to your MP, or talking about the campaign at your church or workplace, you’ll find all the resources you need on the EXPOSED website.
Join The Leprosy Mission in shining a light on the corruption that affects the poorest the most!