The Human Act Award of 2022 is awarded to Marlene Engelhorn
The Human Act Award of 2022 is awarded to Marlene Engelhorn for her incredible and relentless approach to working towards wealth taxes in german-speaking europe.
Here is Marlene own words about receiving the Human Act Award 2022.
“Tax justice means redistribution of wealth in a transparent and democratic way. Everyone relies on those around them; in a society this translates to the fact that there is no wealth without societies that generate and secure it. The most democratic thing we can do is pay fair taxes in order to share the wealth we create together. Human Act is taking this seriously, which is why they also advocate for tax justice via the initiative Millionaires for Humanity.”
Marlene is the co-founder and one of the faces of the Taxmenow association, a group of over fifty young German-speaking wealth holders who demand higher taxes for the rich and want their fortunes to be redistributed systematically and democratically. Like Human Act, Marlene believes that millionaires need to go beyond philanthropy and work for a systematic change in the tax system all over the world.
"Wealthy people get more media attention when they raise the issue, that's unfortunate but the people at MFH, Taxmenow and I want to use this in order to work together on addressing wealth inequality – in solidarity with social movements.
It's not a natural fact; we created it, we can change it.
Step one: tax justice."
Marlene has decided not to receive the cash prize of $100,000 which comes with the Human Act Award, but that we could donate the money to others in need.
The money has therefore been donated to the poorest people in Nepal through our partner in Nepal.
Picture by: © Ulrich Palzer