The CSR community is always looking for the new topics to focus on. Judging by two new publication, tax planning may be the next area for scrutiny. Firms are increasingly attuned to writing social and environmental reports, but will they be as transparent with their tax planning? In Taxing Issues - Responsible Business and Tax, a new report from Sustainability, the authors argue "No". However, firms may soon have no choice as "Aggressive tax avoidance increasingly falls short of society's expectations of a responsible company."
In CSR and Taxation: The Missing Link, Mihir Desai and Dhammika Dharmapala agree that tax trends deserve more attention from CSR analysts. They ask us whether tax payments should be integrated into the framework for what makes a socially responsible company. Will tax shelters soon attract the opprobrium reserved for child labor?