International Compliance Assurance Programme (ICAP)
An international initiative for cooperative engagement between tax administrations of the OECD aimed at achieving a coordinated definition of the tax risk level in multinational groups regarding transfer pricing. After the invitation from the Spanish Tax Agency to participate in the ICAP pilot program, in 2018 we received the final letters from the various tax agencies recognizing our “low tax risk” score in intra-group transactions.
Code of Best Tax Practices
Since 2010, we have followed the Code of Best Tax Practices created by the Spanish Tax Administration and the Large Companies Forum. Following this code requires us to promote a cooperative, loyal relationship with the Tax Agency, thereby reducing litigiousness and legal insecurity. To demonstrate our commitment to greater transparency as outlined in the Code of Best Tax Practices, on a yearly basis we voluntarily submit to the Spanish Tax Agency our "Tax Transparency Reports," which include tax information regarding the Group's financial activity. Along the same lines, it's also worth noting, due its pioneering nature, the regular meetings held between the Large Taxpayers Central Office and the Company with the purpose to continue gaining a better understanding of the Group's business and activities, policies, and transactions as it pertains to taxation.
The B Team
The B Team is an association formed by multinational companies from different sectors that favor a new framework for best business practices in tax governance based on the principles of transparency, responsibility, and collaborative compliance. We are part of the workgroup that the B Team tasked with creating a catalog of Responsible Taxation Principles, which we have been following since 2018. In 2020, we were recognized as one of the most transparent multinational companies for endorsing and performing a self-assessment according to the B Team principles and the GRI-207 standard, voluntarily disclosing our reports on our Country-by-country tax contribution and our Presence in tax havens and controversial jurisdictions, and incorporating tax objectives in our sustainability plans.
Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC)
We contribute to the comments that the BIAC prepares regarding documents published by the OECD for public consultation on tax matters, especially double taxation agreements.
We collaborate with various UN tax subcommittees, such as the Extractive Industry, Carbon Tax, and Conflict Resolution subcommittees, and contribute our practical experience in drafting tax guidelines for developing countries.
International Chamber of Commerce
Repsol is Vice-chair at the tax commission of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). Our participation at the meetings and in several working groups of this organization has focused on providing feedback on the cooperative relationships report drafted together with the University of Vienna and on the Draft Toolkit on Tax Treaty Negotiations issued by the Platform for Collaboration on Tax.
Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI)
Repsol is a founding member of the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) and it is committed to its standards. This initiative was born in October 2002 with the aim of promoting transparency and accountability in natural resource-rich countries. EITI sets a global standard for companies to publish what they pay and governments to report what they receive, in a process that emphasizes the participation of multiple stakeholders (companies, governments and NGOs), thus strengthening the cooperative relationships of these companies with administrations. EITI is supported by more than 40 oil, gas, and mining companies and nearly 35 countries.
EU Joint Transfer Pricing Forum
We are members of this organization which advises the European Commission and aims to bring together companies, tax administrations, and other members of civil society in order to come up with solutions to problems deriving from defining transfer prices within the context of the EU.
Other initiatives that we are involved with
We actively participate in the following international forums and work groups: