PracticeAccounting FirmsE&Y off Burma dirty list

E&Y off Burma dirty list

Big Four firm Ernst & Young has been removed from a 'Dirty List' of companies that operate in the military dictatorship of Burma.

Link: E&Y joins ‘dirty list’ of Burma firms

The firm’s UK chairman Nick Land wrote to the Burma Campaign last week to confirm it had no obligations or relationships with any firms in the state now known as Myanmar.

Mark Farmaner, spokesman for the campaign, said E&Y’s removal from the list means that none of the Big Four accounting firms now operate in the region.

E&Y had been included on the list because it referred clients to a firm of accountants in the war-torn country – U Tin Win Group. This, according to Land’s letter, is no longer the case.

Land went on to praise the work of the Burma Campaign saying E&Y ‘shares the disgust with the regime in Burma and applauds your efforts’ in bringing public attention to the cause.

E&Y said in a statement: ‘”Ernst & Young has never had a member practice in Burma though there was an historic and very tenuous link with a local firm and even that link is now gone. We applaud any efforts made to help stimulate international pressure for change within Burma.’

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