Transparency & Accountability in the Financial Sector

Transparency & Accountability in the Financial Sector

122 Pages · 2015 · 1.87 MB · English

Promotion of sustainability and transparency of the financial sector, in casu banks, is crucial for making . tax havens, their annual revenue, and the number of their employees in each jurisdiction, became public in .. overview of its structure of ownership, including all its subsidiaries and parti

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Transparency & Accountability in the Financial Sector A case study of Fair Finance Guide International Transparency & Accountability in the Financial Sector A case study of Fair Finance Guide International Edited by: Anniek Herder Imad Sabi Petra Schoof Ted van Hees With contributions by: Frank van Aerschot, Evert Peeters, Lucas Salgado, Alexandre Naulot, Victoria Fanggidae, Yuki Tanabe, Shigeru Tanaka, Peter Ras, Michel Riemersma, Jakob K?nig and Jan Aart Scholte, Angela McClellan, David Korslund, John Christensen, Aldo Caliari, Martijn Lampert and Panos Papadongones Fair Finance Guide International is supported by the Swedish Agency for International Development 10 July 2015 Contents PART I!Reports from the Seven Countries on Transparency and Accountability! Overview 3!11!Debates about financial transparency 3!12!Results policy assessment 7! Results from Belgium 14!21!Government policy 14!22!Current debate 17!23!Results of the policy assessment 19!24!Best practices 20!Results from Brazil 21!31!Government policy 21!32!Current debate 24!33!Best practices 29!Results from France 31!41!Government policy 31!42!Current debate 35!43!Results of the policy assessment 38!44!Best practices 40!Results from Indonesia 41!51!Government policy 41!52!Current debate 46!53!Results of the policy assessment 49!54!Best practices 51!Results from Japan 52!61!Government policy 52!62!Current debate 53!63!Results of the policy assessment 54!64!Best practices 55!Results from the Netherlands 56!71!Government policy 56!72!Results of the policy assessment 62!73!Best practices 64!Results from Sweden 65!81!Government policy 65!82!Current debate 69! 83!Results of the policy assessment 70!84!Best practices 71! PART II!Perspectives on Transparency and Accountability! Transparency: Sine Qua Non for Publicly Accountable Finance 74!91!What Transparency? 74!92!Conclusion 77!ReDefining Success ? Incentives for Cultural Change in Banks 78!101!Toward a culture of integrity in banks 78!102!The most effective stick? 80!Transparency in Banking ? Delivering a Sustainable Banking Scorecard 81!111!What will the Scorecard deliver? 81!Automatic information exchange: is the G20 set to fail on this? 84!121!Deterrent Effect? 84!122!Weaknesses 85!123!Conclusion 86!CountrybyCountry Reporting, Fair Tax and Transparency 87!131!CountrybyCountry Reporting 87!132!OECD and the Arm?s Length Principle 87!133!Tax where TNCs are economically active! 88!134!Regulation of Reporting CountrybyCountry 89!135!OECD, BEPS and tax transparency 89!136!Countryby Country Reporting by banks 90!137!Concluding remarks 90!Transparency of Banks? Environmental, Social and Human Rights the Case of the United States 92!141!Securities regulation and the issue of ?materiality? 92!142!Shareholder resolutions 93!143!Conclusion 94!Public Support for More Transparent Banking Practices around the Globe 96!151!The general public as a key stakeholder in the future of banks 96!152!Values segmentation and the perceived role of banks 96!153!Taking a deep dive into two important markets 98!154!Conclusions and opportunities 100! Appendix 1!Analysis Tool Policy Assessment 101!References 104! 1 Preface By providing capital for all types of financial and economic activities, banks are primary actors and coresponsible for the impact of those activities on many aspects of people?s lives Promotion of sustainability and transparency of the financial sector, in casu banks, is crucial for making companies and their international supply chains more sustainable Transparency and accountability of banks are therefore a major condition

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