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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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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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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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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Church groups assert ‘Tax Justice’ as a tenet of faith on Tax Justice Sunday

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Church Action for Tax Justice (CATJ) is calling on people of every faith to come together and call on responsible businesses to ‘say what they pay with pride’, on Sunday 7 July 2019, Tax Justice Sunday, as a counter movement to initiatives like ‘Tax Freedom Day’ promoted by the Adam Smith Institute. The call comes as part of Fair Tax Week, and follows new polling conducted by ICM that has shown record levels of concern among the public about the use of tax avoidance practices by business in the UK. Over three quarters of people would rather shop with (77%)…

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Renewable energy generator Energy4All makes Fair Tax Mark commitment on International Day of Cooperatives

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Energy4All has today, Saturday 6th July 2019, International Day of Cooperatives and the first day of Fair Tax Week, been certified as a Fair Tax Mark business. Energy4All is a leading organisation in the development and delivery of community renewable energy schemes across the UK; helping people to benefit from clean, green energy they generate from wind, solar and hydro projects in their local area. Energy4All works with 25 local community energy co-operatives. Energy4All supports communities to develop innovative renewable energy projects, raise the funds those projects need to go forward, provide high-quality project managers to support the construction process and finally…

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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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