Mailbox companies, tax avoidance and human rights

This paper provides an executive summary of the report ‘Private gain, public loss’ (SOMO, july 2013).

This research focuses on human rights, eight large extractive companies and the lack of adequate accountability mechanisms. All eight corporations are incorporated in the Netherlands with a parent company or important subsidiary. The research focuses on two important and inter-related human rights dimension, namely, the impact of  tax avoidance in host states and of direct human rights violations. Furthermore, this report analyses and highlights the responsibility of the Dutch state therein.

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