Lent 2016 Cadbury Campaign Launch

METHODISTS CALL FOR CADBURY BOYCOTT IN WAKE OF NEW TAX AVOIDANCE SCANDAL

The Methodist Tax Justice Network has launched a new campaign against Mondelez UK, the owners of Cadbury, since it was revealed that they had paid no corporation tax in the UK in 2014/15, in spite of making UK profits of £96.5m through Cadbury products alone. Methodists and all supporters who believe that corporations should pay their fair share of taxes, are being urged to boycott Cadbury products for Lent and Easter, and to write to Mondelez UK executives explaining why they are taking this action. MTJN encourage supporters to continue this action beyond Lent, until Mondelez UK make a public statement of their intention to pay UK corporation tax in line with their UK profits.

It was revealed in The Financial Times and The Guardian on 6th December 2015 that Mondelez UK had paid nothing in UK corporation tax through a contentious 'tax-efficient structure' involving the payment of interest on debt bonds held in the Channel Islands. Ruth Cadbury MP, a descendant of Cadbury's founders, declared herself "very angry" at the actions of Mondelez, and said that her ancestors would be "revolving in their urns if they knew what had happened".

Matthew Jones, Coordinator of MTJN, said of the campaign, "We believe that Mondelez UK are failing to fulfil their social duty, by avoiding UK corporation tax which helps pay for the infrastructure and services that help them make massive profits in this country. Furthermore, they are causing great damage to their reputation, and bringing shame on the name of Cadbury, a company which is still regarded as a British institution and was once a standard bearer for corporate social responsibility. Tax should not be optional for big companies any more than for individuals, and we ask all who believe this to join us in boycotting products from these Bad Eggs for Lent, Easter and beyond."

Supporters are reminded that Fairtrade Easter Eggs can be purchased from the Meaningful Chocolate Company, and beyond Easter, Fairtrade chocolate bars are available from Divine and in Co-operative supermarkets.

The Methodist Tax Justice Network was established in 2012, with the aim of putting tax justice issues at the heart of the Methodist Church's mission, through campaigning, working with partners in the UK and overseas and educating and communicating within the Methodist Connexion.

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Methodist Tax Justice Network
The Methodist Tax Justice Network aims to put tax justice issues at the heart of the Methodist Church's mission, through campaigning, working with partners in the UK and overseas and educating and communicating within the Methodist Connexion.