ABP Responsible Investments Seminar 2021: Tax transparency

“Different perspectives on responsible tax behaviour”.

In 2020, ABP published its new tax policy and tax principles. Responsible tax behavior is one of the main pillars of our tax policy. In our view, responsible tax behavior can partially be achieved by being transparent about tax. Through an open dialogue with our stakeholders, we aim to inspire others to increase transparency and awareness on tax behavior. With this year’s seminar, we underscore the importance of tax transparency for society.

Over the past years, the topic of taxation has gained momentum in politics, media and society. Taxation contributes to the sustainability of public finances and a stable society in which public facilities are available to the wider public. As one of the larger pension funds globally, we believe that responsible tax behavior should not only be expected from us, but that we also have a role in achieving responsible tax behavior at the level of companies that we invest in or partner with. In this seminar we aim to discuss the topic of tax transparency through different perspectives, including the perspective of institutional investors, policy makers, regulators, scholars and companies.



9 November 2021
2pm – 4 PM CET
2 hours
Participants can enter through livestream connection.
13.50 – 14.00Livestream will be open
14:00 – 14.25
Introduction by Rob Verjans and Stef van Weeghel
14.25 – 14.30Questions from participants
14.30 – 15.15Panel discussion on role and vision of regulators and policy makers
15.15 – 15.55Panel discussion on perspective of taxpayers (multinationals) and investors
15.55 – 16.00Closing statement by Stef van Weeghel

•    Stef van Weeghel (international tax policy leader PwC and professor international tax law UvA)
•    Rob Verjans (Managing Director Business Management ABP)
•    Grace Perez Navarro (Deputy Director OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration)
•    Benjamin Angel (Director TAXUD European Commission)
•    John Connors (Vodafone Group Tax Director)
•    Janine Juggins (EVP Global Tax and Treasury)
•    Jean-Jacques Barberi (Amundi Asset Management)
•    Allison Christians (McGill University Faculty of Law)
•    Alexandra MacLean (Canada Revenue Agency)

Stef van Weeghel

Stef van Weeghel is a tax partner at PwC and is currently PwC’s Global Tax Policy Leader. In addition, Stef is a Professor in international tax law at the University of Amsterdam. Stef is regularly called upon as an expert witness before committees of the Dutch and European Parliament, as well as in tax cases for taxpayers and governments in courts and arbitration procedures.

Rob Verjans

Rob is one of the two managing directors of ABP, overseeing various teams including asset management, pension policy, risk management, internal control and tax, legal & compliance. Rob joined ABP in 2014 and is in his current role since 2016. Between 2014 and 2016 Rob acted as General Counsel. Before joining ABP Rob has worked three years for another Dutch pension fund and before that as a lawyer for several large international law firms in the field of banking, securities and regulatory law.

Grace Perez Navarro

Grace Perez-Navarro is the Deputy Director of the OECD’s Centre for Tax Policy and Administration.  As such, she plays a key role in all of the OECD’s tax work including the tax challenges of digitalisation, the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Project, improving international tax cooperation, tackling illicit financial flows, promoting better tax policies and engaging developing countries in OECD tax work.

Benjamin Angel

Benjamin Angel is Director of the Direct taxation, tax coordination, economic analysis and evaluation unit of the European Commission and acting Director for indirect taxation and tax administration. He has joined the European Commission (the EU executive) in 1994. His experience mixes posts in the cabinets of the European Commissioners for economic and monetary with positions in the services in charge of economic and financial affairs.

John Connors

Group Tax Director, Vodafone Group plc. John is the global head of tax for Vodafone, responsible for their tax strategy, tax compliance and any tax issues across the Group. He instigated the publication of Vodafone’s annual ‘Total tax and economic contribution’ report, which now includes a copy of the company’s OECD standard country by country tax report. John joined Vodafone in 2007 and has been in his current role since 2012. He is a former tax inspector with HMRC and international tax policy advisor at HM Treasury and spent three years at the European Commission, where he primarily supported the work on the EU’s Code of Conduct for business taxation.

Janine Juggins

Janine Juggins is the Executive Vice President of Global Tax at Unilever. She is also chair of the UK CBI Tax Committee and co-chair of the HMRC Business Tax Forum. Janine has presented on the practical perspectives of a multinational company in the areas of tax and development, the OECD’s BEPS and Pillars 1 and 2 projects, the tax policy and design considerations of natural resources taxation regimes, and on the subjects of responsible tax, tax morale and tax transparency, and contributed a chapter to the IMF book International Taxation and the Extractive Industries published in 2016.

Jean-Jacques Barbéris

Jean-Jacques Barbéris is General Management and Executive board member at Amundi. He is the head of Institutional and Corporate Clients Coverage and supervises the ESG department. Jean-Jacques is also chairman of Amundi Germany and of CPR asset management. Before joining Amundi, Jean-Jacques acted as advisor for Economic and Financial affairs in the staff of the French President of the Republic, where he served from 2013-2016. He is also a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum since 2019 and vice-chairman of Finance for Tomorrow, the French financial association devoted to sustainable finance.

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Allison Christians

Allison Christians is the H. Heward Stikeman Chair in the Law of Taxation at the McGill University Faculty of Law where she teaches and writes on national, comparative, and international tax law and policy. She focuses especially on the relationship between taxation and economic development, the role of government and non-government institutions and actors in the creation of tax policy norms, and the intersection of taxation and human rights. She has written numerous scholarly articles, essays, and book chapters, as well as essays, columns, and articles in professional journals and has been named one of the “Global Tax 50” most influential individuals in international taxation.

Alexandra MacLean

Alexandra MacLean is a lawyer by training. She joined the Tax Legislation Division of the Canadian Department of Finance in 1996. From 2000 to 2003, she worked in the tax group of a large Canadian regional law firm, Stewart McKelvey. She returned to the Department of Finance in 2003, where she occupied a variety of positions, most recently heading up the Tax Legislation Division from 2013 to 2016. In 2016, she joined the Canada Revenue Agency where she is now the Director General of the International and Large Business Directorate.