If you’re following the ’38 degrees’ campaign to lobby Olympic sponsors into not accepting their tax breaks, then you may well have been updated already.
However, if not, here it is – and they are very pleased!
‘McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Adidas, VISA… In the last couple of weeks weve taken on some of the most powerful companies in the world – and won! Together, weve forced them to pay their fair share of tax during the Olympics. All of the companies we targeted have now said they wont be using the tax break open to Olympic sponsors. 
This campaign was something new. 38 Degrees members are used to taking on the government. But this was the first time weve targeted big global companies. We knocked them over one by one, gaining strength with each fresh victory.
This win is more proof that when we work together, we get results. Thats why as 38 Degrees members we choose what we campaign on together. Member polls are an important part of deciding what we should focus on next. Should we concentrate on protecting the NHS and the environment? Should we be cracking down on bankers? Perhaps you have an idea of your own?
Can you take the two minute survey and help set the direction of 38 Degrees?
When 38 Degrees members first saw the tax breaks for Olympic sponsors, exposed in a piece by the magazine Ethical Consumer, it may have seemed unlikely that these heavyweight multinationals could be forced to back down.  But we were successful because we used our power as customers.
The sponsors were hoping to get a big boost from their involvement with the Games. But our huge petition and the flood of activity on Facebook and Twitter had them worried. They could see it was safer to back down on the tax break than to risk a PR disaster with the very people who buy their products.
Fixing this particular tax dodge is a step in the right direction and a glimpse of what we can do – but theres so much more to do. Recent reports suggest that the UK could be losing trillions of pounds in dodged tax every year.  Should we follow up our Olympic success by keeping the focus on tax-dodging or should we be prioritising other campaigns? Perhaps we should be concentrating on tackling climate change, stopping the privatisation of the police, or protecting the BBC. Or is there something else youd like to suggest?
Take the quick survey and help decide what we should work on next together:
Thanks for being involved,
David T, Robin, Belinda, Marie, James, and the 38 Degrees team
PS: Part of what scared the sponsors most was being targeted on Facebook. Protecting their public image turned out to be worth more than a tax break! Can you help make 38 Degrees even stronger by liking us on Facebook? http://facebook.com/peoplepowerchange
 We’ll work with tax experts from the Tax Justice Network to check these statements and to make sure these companies keep their word.
38 Degrees: Olympic sponsor statements https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/index.php/pages/296/
 Ethical Consumer: The Great Olympic Tax Swindle http://www.ethicalconsumer.org/commentanalysis/corporatewatch/thegreatolympictaxswindle.aspx
 The Guardian: £13tn hoard hidden from taxman by global elite http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/jul/21/global-elite-tax-offshore-economy