US-based agricultural giant Cargill has filed a $130 million claim against Poland at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the World Bank arbitration tribunal. The multinational alleges a breach of a 1994 US-Poland investment treaty. Cargill says it has received treatment less favourable than its competitors in the Polish sugar industry, after changes were made to quotas as a requirement of EU accession.
The IMF and the World Bank are increasingly engaged with the challenge of addressing how tax avoidance and evasion affect developing countries, but need to address the role played by multinational enterprises and tax havens in exacerbating inequality and undermining countries’ domestic revenues.
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