The Tax Justice Network is an independent international network launched in 2003 (see our history here
). Our core mission is to ‘change the weather’ on a wide range of issues related to tax, tax havens and financial globalisation. We push for systemic change.
We could very loosely be described as a fast, flexible, expert-led, activist think tank. We are not politically aligned.
We have a small core of highly motivated staff
, surrounded by a range of academics, professionals and other experts in a range of different fields, who mostly provide pro bono
work. Campaigning is carried out most directly through our separate sister organisation, the Global Alliance for Tax Justice (GATJ)
, which was spun off from TJN in 2013, though we have built and maintain links with many organisations and people around the world.
We draw on our collective expertise to research, design and push original new agenda-setting positions. We seek to be ‘beserkers,’ opening up new spaces for others to enter. We challenge conventional wisdom, we relish lively debate, and our work gets media attention. We can quickly take positions on current news and issues, without needing long stakeholder consultation.
In each area of our work we seek to incubate new projects while building new communities around the issues, with a view to eventually ‘spinning off’ the issue for others to take the lead, freeing us to move on to new frontiers. We take a ‘let 1,000 flowers bloom’ approach, seeking to control the activities of others as little as possible; instead we seek to influence and encourage people by playing the role of think tank, incubator and enabler. (Read more about our history here;
see also this assessment
of our role and tactics by Leonard Seabrooke and Duncan Wigan of Copenhagen Business School.)