DSV has operational companies in more than 90 countries, all of which are governed by national and international tax legislation. The following outlines the DSV Group’s Global Tax Policy and describes the governing principles for tax management that apply to the entire DSV Group.
The overall aim is to be tax compliant and live up to our corporate social responsibility while ensuring a return on investment for our shareholders.
We support local communities all over the world
Through our global tax payments, DSV contributes to a variety of state, county and council projects, which support local communities all over the world.
When it comes to tax, we have made a choice to act in what we consider to be a fair and responsible way: we want to comply with all tax legislation and do not engage in aggressive tax planning to avoid tax payment. We believe in contributing to the societies and local communities in which we operate.
We help to achieve a better and more sustainable future
DSV’s tax policy directly contributes to achieving UN’s Sustainable Development Goals #16 and #17. In addition, DSV’s tax payments indirectly contribute to achieving most of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
The distribution of funds from DSV’s tax payments is of course entirely managed by local governing bodies, which means that our contribution to SDG targets in respect of taxes is indirect and mostly relevant whenever massive investment (funded by taxes) is required.
We meet tax requirements
The general tax policy of the DSV Group is to comply with tax legislation and to meet legal requirements, including timely filing of tax returns and tax payments. At the same time, DSV has an obligation to ensure a return for our shareholders by managing tax to secure a competitive effective tax rate in accordance with tax legislation.
DSV pays taxes (direct and indirect) in the countries in which we operate and where profits are generated. DSV’s approach to tax planning is to support the local and global business activities by ensuring that DSV is not subject to double taxation while following both national and international tax legislation.
We do not engage in aggressive tax planning
DSV’s structure and set-up is driven by commercial consideration and business strategy and not to obtain tax incentives.
We do not set up artificial structures in tax havens to avoid taxes on activities or engage in tax planning which moves revenue from high to low tax countries to minimise tax payments. We deconstruct any inherited offshore companies.
In connection with mergers and acquisitions, DSV sometimes inherits non-operational offshore companies, and whenever this is the case, it is a priority to eliminate them any as soon as possible. During this very time-consuming process, these companies must not be used for tax optimisation.
We maintain an open dialogue with tax authorities
DSV maintains an open, transparent dialogue and a good working relationship with tax authorities both proactively and reactively. And when possible, DSV enters into transparency and corporation agreements with tax authorities.
DSV makes use of external tax advisors to ensure compliance of transactions as well as tax returns.
We carefully monitor and assess risks
DSV’s approach to risk management in relation to tax affairs is the same as the overall approach for the DSV Group: we carefully monitor and analyse any risks to achieve the greatest possible level of transparency to ensure the right decisions are made in time to protect the business from any significant financial impact.
Roles and responsibility
The Board of Directors have overall responsibility for this policy and the framework for compliance with tax legislation.
Day-to-day responsibility lies with the Group CFO who is supported by the Group Tax Department.
Group Tax manages the DSV tax framework and issues guidelines to ensure that tax legislation is observed and complied with throughout the DSV Group.
At the subsidiary level, local management is responsible for ensuring compliance with tax legislation as well as implementing DSV’s global tax governance principles as outlined above. Group Tax and local management monitor updates and changes to tax legislation and practices to assess impact on the DSV Group.
DSV’s Global Tax Policy is reviewed on an annual basis by the Board of Directors. Furthermore, operational tax matters, including how tax risks are monitored and managed, is reported to the Audit Committee on a periodic basis.
Approved by the DSV Board of Directors, 6 February 2019.
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