Small start, big impact

There are a number of parallels between the Fair Tax Mark and Fairtrade writes Tim Hunt. Since the launch of the Fair Tax Mark much has been made of our similarities with the Fairtrade Foundation. Our growth from a wider grassroots movement and our commitment to drive positive social change through consumer choice to name but two. And you don’t …

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MPs rally behind Fair Tax Mark

Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament Early Day Motion starts to gather support The Fair Tax Mark is now the subject of an early day motion in the UK parliament. The motion “calls on the Government to endorse the idea of a Fair Tax Mark, to work with its founders to put fair tax at the …

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Fair Tax Mark in the news

The Fair Tax Mark has got a lot of media attention over the last week. Here is a run down of the highlights. Fair Tax Mark launched with a bang last Thursday (Feb 20 2014) with a full page piece in the Guardian. The article reported on a roundtable discussion on tax avoidance and the Fair Tax Mark with tax …

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5 reasons to support the Fair Tax Mark

Image courtesy of LiveSurface Context 1) Cutting the tax gap Around £12 billion is being lost in tax revenue every year. At a time of severe cuts in public services we need this money. If this revenue were collected it would fund the training of almost half a million midwives and pay the salaries of half a million teachers for …

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Experts voice positive reaction to the Fair Tax Mark

Some of the UK’s leading voices on tax agree that the Fair Tax Mark is a step in the right direction. That was the general consensus at a recent round table discussion organised by one of our pioneer companies Midcounties Co-operative. The forum, run in association with the Guardian and published today, was attended by some of the country’s leading …

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Vivian Woodell, CEO

Talking to the Phone Co-op

The Phone Co-op is an independent consumer co-operative based in Manchester, Chipping Norton and London. It is the only telecoms provider in the UK that is owned and run by its customers. The Phone Co-op operates nationwide, providing fixed and mobile telecommunications services to over 23,000 residential and business customers, including other co-operatives, charities and third sector organisations.Since 2012, when …

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Hodge hails Fair Tax Mark ‘a fantastic idea’

Margaret Hodge Margaret Hodge, the MP for Barking and Dagenham, chair of the influential Public Accounts Committee and general thorn in the side of tax-avoiding corporations, has described the Fair Tax Mark as ‘a fantastic idea’ that enables customers to ‘vote with their feet’. “The reaction to the revelations about the tax practices of big names like Starbucks, Amazon and …

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Ben Reid, CEO

Talking to the Midcounties Co-operative

A pioneer Fair Tax Mark organisation, the Midcounties Co-operative talked to the Fair Tax Mark about why they wanted to be one of the first holders. As a values led and ethical organisation, we believe that we should pay the taxes that are due and not engage in aggressive tax avoidance schemes, even if legal. In 2013 we formalised this …

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Richard WIlcox, MD

Talking to the Unity Trust Bank

Unity Trust Bank is a specialist bank for organisations in the social economy providing day-to-day banking and much needed affordable finance to civil society organisations, including charities, social enterprises, community and voluntary organisations, CDFIs, councils and trade unions across the UK. Founded thirty years ago on strong principles of social responsibility, it continues its commitment to growing a fairer society today. …

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Fair Tax Mark launches today!

Image courtesy of LiveSurface Context The campaign for a more responsible approach to tax by business takes a decisive step forward today with Midcounties Co-operative, Unity Trust Bank and The Phone Co-op becoming the first businesses to be accredited by the new Fair Tax Mark, the world’s first independent accreditation scheme to address the issue of responsible tax. The Mark, …

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