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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-10823: Patrick Harvie (Glasgow)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 18 August 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the result of the vote on motion S5M-05864 as amended (Protecting Workers' Rights) on 31 May 2017, whether it will set out what it considers to be “ethical and environmentally-responsible business practices”, and whether tax avoidance practices will be included in this definition.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 18 September 2017

The Scottish Government is clear that tax avoidance is not welcome in Scotland.

We are using all powers at our disposal to encourage ethical business practice and drive inclusive economic growth. Almost 400 companies have made a voluntarily commitment to the Scottish Business Pledge which sets out employers as being responsible, fair and ethical. The Pledge includes paying the Living Wage alongside a range of other commitments including innovation, equality and flexible working, and avoiding exploitative zero hours contracts.