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Sam Al-Hamdani

“If we can’t beat them, join them” No thank you.

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Cate Atwater, Chief Executive, Community Leisure UK, shares her views about how the Fair Tax Mark helps the organisation she leads demonstrate its values, and the challenge of ‘fake non-profits’ operating in the public leisure services sector. If you would like to share your views about transparency; how you managed to certify as a Fair Tax Mark organisation; or why fair tax matters to you, we’d be pleased to hear from you press@fairtaxmark.net This is a guest blog post and its content represents the views of the author, not necessarily the views of the Fair Tax Mark. “Cate, these models…

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Community Leisure UK play fair on tax

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Community Leisure UK, the members’ association that specialises in representing non-profit-distributing leisure and culture trusts across England, Scotland and Wales, has been certified as an accredited Fair Tax Mark business, following their successful assessment against the Fair Tax Mark criteria. The association – whose members are registered charities, societies or CICs, operate everything from community swimming pools, gyms and sports pitches to libraries, museums, heritage buildings and children’s centres – has joined a growing movement of Fair Tax Mark organisations. Community Leisure UK now sit alongside FTSE-listed businesses like SSE, United Utilities and Marshalls; high-street names like The Co-op, Richer…

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Unity Trust Bank

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Unity Trust Bank is a commercial bank with a social conscience. Set up in 1984, its values were inspired by its shareholders to do good in society. Unity Trust Bank only lends to organisations that contribute towards wider economic, social or environmental benefit. As a business, it is constantly striving to find new opportunities to support. Unity Trust Bank is inspired by organisations that are built around being socially responsible within wider society; these can include charities, trade unions, social enterprises, credit unions and other organisations that operate in the not-for-profit sector as well as businesses with a ‘profit with…

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Eurocell open the door to Fair Tax Mark certification

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– Eurocell plc become latest London Stock Exchange listed business to secure Fair Tax Mark accreditation Eurocell, the UK’s leading manufacturer, distributor and recycler of UPVC window, door, conservatory and roofline systems, has been certified as an accredited Fair Tax Mark business, following their successful assessment against the Fair Tax Mark criteria. Derbyshire-headquartered Eurocell is the sixth listed business to achieve the Fair Tax Mark, and join FTSE 100 listed SSE and United Utilities, as well as FTSE 250 listed Pennon Group, Marshalls and Go Ahead. They sit alongside Fair Tax Mark certified high-street names like The Co-op, Richer Sounds,…

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United Utilities gains Fair Tax Mark as part of their commitment to responsible business

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Warrington-based United Utilities, the UK’s largest listed water company, has been certified as an accredited Fair Tax Mark business, following their successful assessment against the Fair Tax Mark criteria. United Utilities is the North West’s water company, providing water and wastewater services to 3 million homes and 200,000 businesses across the region. They join a growing list of organisations that have achieved the Fair Tax Mark, including fellow FTSE 100 company SSE, as well as high-street names like The Co-op, Richer Sounds, Timpson Group and Lush. The Fair Tax Mark is an independent certification scheme, which recognises organisations that demonstrate…

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Oxford is the first place to adopt the Councils for Fair Tax declaration

Launch of ”Councils for Fair Tax Declaration”, with Oxford City first to sign

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The Fair Tax Mark has announced that Oxford City Council is the first to sign up to its Councils for Fair Tax Declaration, which was launched today. The Declaration commits cities, towns and districts to pursuing exemplary tax conduct in their affairs, requires greater transparency from suppliers and calls on the EU and UK Governments to review legislation and support greater powers for the exclusion of tax dodgers from public procurement. There is a pressing need for action given research commissioned by the Fair Tax Mark from DatLab has discovered that 17.5% of UK public procurement contracts commissioned by local…

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Q&A with Luke Wellock, Leeds Building Society

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Leeds Building Society became the first national high street financial institution to receive the Fair Tax Mark in December 2018, and was reaccredited in July 2019. We took the opportunity to speak to Luke Wellock, Corporate Responsibility Manager at Leeds Building Society, and asked him about their experience of the accreditation process, why the Society applied for the Fair Tax Mark and how it’s benefitted the business so far. Luke, why did Leeds Building Society apply for the Fair Tax Mark?  Our members and colleagues influence much of the Society’s responsible business activity and research carried out by our Insight…

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Trust in HMRC on the increase, but record levels of concern on businesses tax behaviour

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Over three-quarters of the public would rather shop with or work for a business that can prove it is paying its fair share of tax HMRC and the Fair Tax Mark heavily favoured as trusted verifiers of good tax conduct, with “company auditors” trusted by small minority of the public New polling conducted by ICM has shown record levels of concern among the public about the use of tax avoidance practices by business in the UK. The survey, commissioned by the Fair Tax Mark, also shows that more people than ever before would change who they shop with to favour…

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Lush store in Liverpool

High Street retailer Lush demonstrates commitment to tax transparency

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The Fair Tax Mark is pleased to announce that Lush has been recertified as a Fair Tax Mark business for a fifth successive year. Hilary Jones, Ethics Director, Lush said: “As a company we feel that we should contribute back to the societies from which we trade by being a good employer, by trading fairly with our suppliers and by paying our taxes into the collective purse. “We’re proud to have the Fair Tax Mark and to check ourselves against an independent benchmark so we know we’re operating in a fair and transparent way.” Paul Monaghan, Chief Executive, Fair Tax Mark,…

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Affinity Water

Affinity Water becomes the 50th company to secure Fair Tax Mark accreditation

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Affinity Water, the UK’s largest water-only supplier, has today secured Fair Tax Mark accreditation, following its successful assessment against the Fair Tax Mark criteria. Affinity Water provides on average 900 million litres of water each day to a population of more than 3.6 million people in North West London and the Home Counties – serving Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Surrey, the London Boroughs of Harrow and Hillingdon and parts of the London Boroughs of Barnet, Brent, Ealing and Enfield. They also supply water to the Tendring peninsula in Essex and the Folkestone and Dover areas of Kent. Affinity Water…

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