David Brown
Go Ahead Group CEO, David Brown

On why they applied to Fair Tax Mark

“Signing up to the Fair Tax Scheme was voluntary and Go-Ahead has taken a decision to apply for accreditation to achieve maximum transparency. Tax is an issue that affects everyone and we hope the recognition of our responsible tax policy reassures stakeholders, investors, employees and customers that we are a responsible organisation.”

On the benefits to business

“The [Fair Tax] assessment criteria take into consideration several elements such as our desire to be considered low risk by HMRC, our review on the levels of disclosures made on taxation, and that we have a Board enforced policy not to undertake tax planning and not to use tax havens.”

On the process

The Fair Tax Mark was awarded following an independent review of the Group’s policies on tax. It involved a publication of their tax policy and improvements to their notes and disclosure.

On being the first FTSE350

“As a socially responsible organisation, transparency and openness are important to us. We are pleased to have been recognised as being the first in the FTSE 350 to be awarded the Fair Tax Mark.”