Mission Accomplished: The Sourced Campaign

Christian Aid keeps campaigning until we see evidence of real change.

Sometimes that’s a slow hard slog. We’ve had campaigns last years, decades even. Grit and resolve is what’s needed to hold strong against whatever’s thrown at us - politics, bad research, hearsay, confusing language, bureaucracy … but we stand unbowed, alongside thousands of our supporters, because we know it’s the right thing to do.

The Jubilee Debt campaign.

Tax justice.

Climate Change.

These are big, complicated campaigns that could have a profound impact on the world around us. We don’t expect to be able to wrap them up inside a couple of years.

Which is why, on reflection, it’s so surprising when do just that…

Yep, we’re winding down the Sourced campaign because … well … the Government has decided to do exactly what we wanted.

For those of you who don’t remember, the Sourced campaign was the Collective's call for universities to get tougher on the tax practices of the large, multi-national companies from which they sourced their goods and services. We made this call as part of a two-pronged attack with the wider organisation foccussing on the same issue relating to local councils.

Our issue with the current system was that many of these companies were pushing laws to their limits in order to shift vast profits to tax havens through pretty dodgy channels. And that meant the world’s poorest countries were losing billions in tax revenues .

Revenues they could have used to build schools and hospitals.

The funny thing was that a policy to hold them to account for this sort of thing had already been drawn up by the government in 2014. It just wasn’t mandatory - so we were asking universities to voluntarily implement the policy and hold companies to account.

The campaign started, we crossed our fingers and dug in for the long haul.

And then two things happened:

FIRSTLY, we got some pretty high-profile campaign wins in Essex and Oxford universities and at least 15 councils around the county.

THEN, the government suddenly turned around and decided it saw the wisdom in making the policy mandatory across the board for all public bodies.

Just. Like. That.

Now obviously we can’t claim that it was just our campaign that changed the governments mind but we were shouting PRETTY LOUDLY at the time, and they did exactly what we were asking. So we’re pretty confident that we played our part.

So if you took part in the Sourced campaign, or supported the Collective in any way over the past few years, that’s your victory too. You should be really proud. We just shifted the balance a little bit - inch-by-inch away from the massive conglomerates and towards the people who are are just trying to live their lives, albeit in countries where it’s sometimes a struggle to survive.

Stop for a moment and bask in your success.

Right. That’s enough. We have work to do...