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Responsible tax strategy and improved reporting earns Capita first Fair Tax Mark

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Capita has today secured Fair Tax Mark certification and joins the growing movement of responsible businesses who are proud to say what they pay with pride. The Fair Tax Mark is an independent certification scheme, which recognises organisations that demonstrate they are paying the right amount of corporation tax in the right place, at the right time. In total, more than 50 businesses have now been certified. These include national brands such as Timpson, Lush, and Richer Sounds, FTSE listed companies including SSE and Marshalls Plc., as well as co-operatives, family businesses and social enterprises. As part of the accreditation…

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Fair Tax Week 2020 announced – celebrating business who ‘say what they pay with pride’

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The Fair Tax Mark scheme, which accredits businesses and organisations across the UK committed to paying the right amount of corporation tax, on time and in the right place, is pleased to announce that Fair Tax Week 2020 will run from the 13th – 21st June 2020, incorporating Tax Justice Sunday on the 14th June. Fair Tax Week 2020 will be co-sponsored by Leeds Building Society, Pennon Group Plc and Richer Sounds. Fair Tax Week is a UK-wide celebration of the companies and organisations that are proud to pay their fair share of corporation tax; those who commit to following…

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Chris Harrop OBE joins Fair Tax Mark board

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We are delighted to announce that Chris Harrop OBE has joined the Fair Tax Mark’s board of directors. Chris Harrop is Sustainability Director at FTSE-listed Marshalls plc. An accomplished marketer with a proven global track record, Chris’ persistent contribution has ensured that Marshalls not only leads the hard landscaping sector but is also a world-class sustainable business. Under Chris’ guidance, the business has won numerous awards for commitment to the environment and supply chain ethics, including Business in the Community Awards for Excellence and the PLC Awards on three occasions. Chris was Chairman of the United Nations Global Compact UK…

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Fair Tax Mark’s 2019, and what’s next in 2020

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2019, another year of strong growth and innovation The Fair Tax Mark realised a number of landmarks in 2019, making it our most impactful year yet. A big thank you to all those in business and civil society who have done so much to help us grow our collective influence and reach. The number of Fair Tax certified businesses passed the ’50’ milestone in March, with the year seeing new certifications for FTSE-listed plcs (United Utilities,  Severn Trent and Eurocell), social enterprises (Suma Wholefoods, Southern Co-op, Community Leisure UK, Energy4All and VME Retail) and a range of private enterprises (Affinity…

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Southern Co-op brings Fair Tax Mark to Hampshire

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  Southern Co-op is the first business headquartered in Hampshire to secure Fair Tax Mark certification, and the 14th co-operative in the UK Southern Co-op has secured its first Fair Tax Mark certification, and joins the growing movement of progressive businesses who are proud to say what they pay with pride. Southern Co-op was established in Portsmouth, Hampshire over 145 years ago. It is an independent, regional co-operative owned by its more than 140,000 members. Southern Co-op operates across 11 counties in the south of England, with a network of over 200 convenience stores including a successful franchise arm. Southern Co-op…

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Tax gap of Silicon Six over $100 billion so far this decade

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The Fair Tax Mark will later this week release a new report, The Silicon Six and their $100 billion global tax gap, which examines the tax conduct of Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google and Microsoft over the last decade. The report questions whether the companies, collectively referred to as the ‘Silicon Six’, are paying their way on tax. Together they have a combined market capitalization of $4.5 trillion and are worth more than the 1,000 companies listed on the London Stock Exchange. The report finds that there is a significant difference between the cash taxes paid and both the expected headline…

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Severn Trent secures Fair Tax Mark

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– Company reinforces its commitment to responsible tax conduct Severn Trent has today secured its first Fair Tax Mark certification, and joins the growing movement of progressive businesses who are proud to say what they pay with pride. Severn Trent is one of the UK’s largest water companies, providing water and sewerage services to more than 4.3 million homes and businesses in the Midlands. It becomes the third FTSE 100 listed organisation (alongside SSE and United Utilities) to have achieved Fair Tax Mark certification, and the seventh FTSE listed business. In preparing for the Fair Tax Mark, Severn Trent enhanced its…

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Suma Wholefoods co-op makes Fair Tax commitment

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Suma Wholefoods, the vegetarian foods and natural products wholesaler, has been certified as a Fair Tax Mark business. Suma is the largest equal pay worker co-op in Europe and has been operating from its base in Elland, West Yorkshire, for over 40 years. The co-op delivers over 7,000 products ranging from award winning biodegradable toothbrushes to vegan chocolate truffles and organic nuts and pulses, to businesses and communities across the UK and internationally. Over 200 staff run Suma; who are workers and co-owners receiving equal pay and having an equal say in the running of the business. Emma Robinson, Compliance…

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Fair Tax Mark to go international

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Research funding from Luminate to enable Fair Tax Mark to explore what ‘Fair Tax’ looks like outside the UK, and the scope for new standards that would enable businesses across the globe to be certified for the first time The Fair Tax Mark is growing robustly in the UK. More than fifty businesses have now been certified, with half of those advancing in the past eighteen months. They include FTSE-listed plcs, co-operatives, social enterprises and large private business – who between them have income of £50bn and over 7,000 offices and outlets. Supporting initiatives such as Fair Tax Week and…

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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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