We are delighted to announce that Harriet Lamb CBE has joined the Fair Tax Mark’s board of directors.
Currently CEO of Ashden, the climate solutions charity, Harriet previously headed up Fairtrade in both the UK and internationally, and authored Fighting the Banana Wars. The first woman to be made an Honorary Fellow of Trinity Hall, she was appointed a CBE in 2006 and was named Orange Businesswoman of the Year in 2008.
Harriet’s vast experience and knowledge in building and bolstering fairness and social justice internationally will now help guide the Fair Tax Mark as businesses worldwide seek the accreditation to demonstrate their commitment to responsible tax conduct and transparency.
The Fair Tax Mark is an independent certification, which recognises organisations that demonstrate they are paying the right amount of corporation tax in the right place, at the right time. More than 60 businesses have now been certified. These include 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.
Harriet said: “I’m delighted to join the Board of the Fair Tax Mark, especially as the organisation grows beyond the UK’s shores. People everywhere rightly expect companies to behave responsibly about tax, but far too often they hear about businesses avoiding contributing their fair share to the public purse. Just think of the nurses, doctors and teachers we could employ, or the renewable energy infrastructure we could build if all companies paid taxes responsibly, contributing in full to the nations where they sell or manufacture. I was privileged to play a role in the expansion of Fairtrade across the world, and hope that experience can help the Fair Tax Mark to thrive in a similar fashion.”
Paul Monaghan, Chief Executive, Fair Tax Mark, said: “We are well chuffed to have Harriet join us and bolster our Board as we look to internationalise. Harriet has vital experience of what it takes to successfully grow a social accreditation scheme, whilst making sure that core values and principles are maintained.”