A high-profile panel of experts in international tax met recently at the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, to address a seminar on Tax and Poverty, hosted by the Accountability Research Cluster (ARC). Speakers included Michael Lennard, Chief of International Tax Cooperation and Trade at the United Nations, as well as leaders in the field from the OECD, Christian Aid, Oxfam Ireland and Copenhagen Business School. In addition, Kemmy Business School faculty presented their tax policy research to an audience of academics from Ireland and the UK, international and national policy-makers and PhD candidates.
The seminar was set in the context of the newly-launched UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a particular focus on Goal One: No Poverty. This is the first time that the role of tax in delivering on the SDGs has been specifically addressed in Ireland. The discussion, which involved high-level stakeholders from the UN, OECD, academia and civil society, made significant contributions to a common understanding of the role of taxation in international development and domestically.
Dr Sheila Killan, ARC Cluster, KBS said, “The seminar was part of a series funded by the ESRC in direct response to the United Nations Global Compact’s call for businesses and business schools to support sustainable development. It was a really engaging day, with lots of thoughtful dialogue and a strong focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The fact that the seminar hashtag #SDG1Tax trended on Twitter in Ireland demonstrates a growing public interest in the societal impact of tax”.
In October 2016, the ARC Cluster will follow up with a broader event exploring concepts of the common good and public interest, again with an international focus.
The KBS is one of Ireland’s leading business schools – recently awarded Best Business School at the InBusiness Editor’s Choice Awards – with a reputation for quality and employability of graduates. To find out more about the ARC go to: http://www.ul.ie/business/arc