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Economic contribution

Coats is a global manufacturer of industrial sewing thread and textile crafts products.

Through our activities we make an economic contribution that stretches far beyond the boundaries of our own operations as we buy from local, regional and global suppliers; through the wages we pay our employees; and as we pay interest to financial institutions and taxes and remittances to governments.

We are economically linked with the local communities in which we operate and the markets that we serve around the world.  As our business grows, then so does the positive economic contribution we make.

During the year ending 31st December 2017, we employed over 19,000 people across more than 50 countries and sourced goods from even more countries worldwide.  In the year ended 31st December 2017, Coats Group plc generated $1,512.5 million of economic value, of which the majority was distributed to our suppliers (63%) and employees (23%). A further 4% was paid in taxes to local and national governments.  The following charts illustrate the regional distribution of our employment and tax payments during 2017.

During the year the Group made Corporate Income Tax payments (including withholding and dividend distribution taxes) of $60.5m (2016: $57.9m).  The amount of tax paid in each jurisdiction is as follows:

  2017 2016
  $'m $'m
India 10.9 12.9
Vietnam 9.7 9.0
UK (1) 7.1 7.1
Indonesia 7.1 9.3
USA 6.9 2.2
Singapore (1) 3.8 2.2
Colombia 1.8 1.3
Turkey 1.7 1.8
Mexico 1.7 1.3
Bangladesh 1.6 2.3
Argentina 1.4 0.5
Germany (1) 1.3 0.0
China 1.1 2.1
Spain 0.8 0.7
Romania 0.5 0.6
Others 25 countries each less than $0.5m 3.1 4.6

Total corporate income tax paid

60.5 57.9

(1) The taxes paid in the UK, Singapore and Germany are withholding taxes on royalties, group charges and dividends, deducted and paid at source in the following jurisdictions:

Indonesia 3.3
India 2.1
Bangladesh 0.9
Turkey 0.8
China 0.8
Sri Lanka 0.5
Others (each less than $0.5m) 3.8
Total withholding taxes paid 12.2


  2016 2017
  $m %      $m %
Direct economic value generated 1,470.6 100% 1,512.5 100%
Economic value distributed        
Operating costs        
(before exceptional items and excluding depreciation and amortisation and employee remuneration) 926.2  63% 920.2 63%
Employee remuneration        
(wages, salaries, social security and other pension costs) 339.6  23% 365.9 23%
Providers of capital        
(interest payable on bank loans, overdrafts and other borrowings and dividends payable to external shareholders) 14.4  1% 32.3 1%
Payments to governments        
(taxes payable in respect of taxable profit and remittances) 59.6  4% 61.0 4%
Other net utilisations 59.6  4% 55.8 4%
Economic value retained / (losses for the year absorbed) 71.2  5% 77.3 5%

Note: These figures are extracted from the Coats Group plc Annual Report 2017 and have been prepared in accordance with guidance provided by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI G4), which can be downloaded at

For more information on our historical performance download our full data disclosure.

For more information on our tax strategy please refer to our Corporate Tax Strategy Statement.


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