This paper sets out the global tax policy of the Pernod Ricard Group and applies to all qualifying UK group entities for the financial year ending 30 June 2023. In making this paper available, the UK Group is fulfilling its responsibilities under Schedule 19 of the Finance Act 2016.
The Group commits to comply with all laws and regulations in force in each of the countries in which it operates, as well as the applicable international standards.
In 2022, Pernod Ricard’s income tax charge on recurring items (profit from recurring operations and financial result from recurring operations) was €651m.
In addition to corporate income tax, Pernod Ricard pays and collects numerous other taxes and contributions, including sales taxes, customs and excise duties, payroll taxes, property taxes and other local taxes specific to each country, as part of the Group’s economic contribution to the communities in which it operates. Pernod Ricard’s total contribution is estimated at around €6.7 billion (unaudited data).
The Group applies the following principles in tax matters:
Pernod Ricard has several subsidiaries in some 74 countries in which it operates. Whenever possible, management makes every effort to liquidate any dormant or quasi-dormant subsidiary inherited from past acquisitions.
Pernod Ricard is vigilant as to the operational and commercial reality of its transactions and refuses to take part in any artificial tax arrangements. The Group will only use tax incentives after considering their impact on its brands, reputation and Sustainability and Responsibility. The Group does not promote any form of tax evasion.
Pernod Ricard’s strategy and organisation are built on a decentralised model with an ongoing relationship between the Brand Companies and the Market Companies. The Brand Companies generally own, protect and develop the intellectual property. They are also in charge of developing the overall strategy for the brands as well as solutions and ways to activate them. The Market Companies implement this strategy at local level.
Related party transactions are carried out in accordance with the Group’s transfer pricing policy, which is based on the arm’s length principle (i.e. on terms that would have been agreed between independent parties).
Pernod Ricard has a team of qualified and well-trained tax and customs specialists working under the supervision of the EVP Finance, IT and Operations. There are clear internal control principles on tax matters. These are available to all employees on the Intranet. Processes are in place to prevent tax evasion.
The tax legislation in the countries where Pernod Ricard operates is complex and may be open to interpretation. Pernod Ricard manages such uncertainties with the help of internal and external tax experts. Tax provisions are measured based on the Group’s best estimate using available information (in particular that provided by the Group’s legal and tax advisors) and regularly presented to the Audit Committee.
Pernod Ricard is committed to being open and transparent with tax authorities and to disclosing relevant information to enable them to carry out their work. Pernod Ricard places particular importance on working positively, proactively and transparently with them. This is both to build open and sustainable relationships and to resolve potential disputes quickly.
Pernod Ricard respects the country-by-country reporting obligations.
The Group also participates in the development of corporate tax policies, tax transparency initiatives and tax legislation through public consultations.