ICRS seminar explores Fair Tax Mark

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The Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (ICRS) recently hosted a webinar exploring ‘Responsible Approaches to Tax’. The discussion featured The Fair Tax Mark, along with two of our accredited businesses, Leeds Building Society and Pennon. The webinar covered both the history of the Fair Tax Mark, as well as revealing what motivated these two leading businesses to gain accreditation and the challenges they encountered. If you would like to access a recording of the webinar, just click on the link below:

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“If we can’t beat them, join them” No thank you.

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Cate Atwater, Chief Executive, Community Leisure UK, shares her views about how the Fair Tax Mark helps the organisation she leads demonstrate its values, and the challenge of ‘fake non-profits’ operating in the public leisure services sector. If you would like to share your views about transparency; how you managed to certify as a Fair Tax Mark organisation; or why fair tax matters to you, we’d be pleased to hear from you press@fairtaxmark.net This is a guest blog post and its content represents the views of the author, not necessarily the views of the Fair Tax Mark. “Cate, these models…

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“Good” tax conduct needs to be an integral consideration of Government supply contracts

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This week, GMB Union has released research which calculates that Amazon has won £460million of public procurement contracts in the past four years. This is the same Amazon that the European Commission has recently ordered Luxembourg to recover unpaid taxes worth €250 million from, saying the country had granted Amazon’s European arm “undue tax benefit” by allowing it to shift profits to a tax-exempt shell company. Understandably, this led Dame Margaret Hodge MP and Andrew Mitchell MP – key leaders of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Responsible Tax – to call for the UK Government to deprive such companies of…

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The rise of responsible tax leadership

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The following interview with our Chief Executive, Paul Monaghan, was recently published by CSR Europe – who will launch a Blueprint on Tax Transparency and Responsibility in March 2019. It explores the emerging trends around responsible tax conduct, and it is reproduced here with their kind permission.   What are the best enablers to get more companies to become responsible tax payers? At the Fair Tax Mark we are finding that different types of corporation have different key motivators. Investors are increasingly pressing listed companies to explain their management of tax risk, and so we are seeing a big increase in transparency…

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Richer Sounds - one of the Fair Tax Mark accredited high street retailers

Can you avoid the tax avoiders?

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Tax avoidance; a huge issue that’s not going away. Tax matters. It helps to fund vital public services, and when paid fairly, ensures a level playing field for businesses large and small. Our research found that seven in ten of the public would rather shop (69%), or work for a business (70%) which can prove it’s paying its fair share of tax; and three quarters (74%) supported a call for all companies of all sizes to publicly disclose the taxes they pay in the UK. Yet despite these sentiments, the growing market worth of the most notorious tax avoiders show…

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Fair Tax Fortnight 2018 – celebration of responsible tax is warmly received right across UK

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The UK’s first ever Fair Tax Fortnight (June 9-24) set out to celebrate those companies and organisations that are proud to pay their fair share of corporation tax, and to explore the positive contribution this makes to society. I’m delighted to say that it did this and then some. As you might expect, Fair Tax Mark certified organisations where at the forefront of events. Dozens of business (big and small) gathered at the opening conference on June 7th; which was kindly sponsored by SSE plc, with key contributions from the Co-op, Marshalls, Combat Pest Control and Ethical Consumer. Elsewhere, Fair Tax…

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BCC polling shows support for tax compliance

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Polling released by the British Chambers of Commerce yesterday indicates that many businesses want more support to be tax compliant. We welcome and echo the call from the BCC for extra investment in both HMRC’s crackdown on tax avoidance and tools to enable easier compliance by business. Numerous companies seek to do the right thing and are proud to pay their fair share of corporation tax. Like most of the public, they find it distasteful that less scrupulous competitors are trying to steal a march by not paying their due taxes. Responsible tax planning is a matter for business big…

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How can we ensure that tax evaders and aggressive tax avoiders do not profit from taxpayer-funded public procurement contracts?

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Conservative MP for North Wiltshire, James Gray, recently asked Parliament what steps the UK Government was taking in its procurement policy to tackle aggressive tax avoidance by government suppliers.[1] A reasonable question: why should tax dodgers profit from contracts funded by taxpayers? The answer from the Parliamentary Secretary at the Cabinet Office, Oliver Dowden, was convoluted, but seemingly positive. He said: “The 2015 Public Contract Regulations implemented the latest EU Public Procurement Directive, and require public bodies to exclude suppliers from a procurement where the supplier has been found guilty of breaching its obligations in relation to payment of taxes…

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Q&A with Fresh Eyes – People to People travel

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We talk to Fresh Eyes – People to People Travel about their Fair Tax Mark Why did you apply for the Fair Tax Mark? Fresh Eyes – People to People Travel is committed to just, fair and responsible travel that is transparent and accountable. Fresh Eyes believes that it is essential for travellers, tour operators, host communities and suppliers, to know who pays what and receives what, throughout the supply chain. This is an essential foundation to fairer and more sustainable travel.   Fresh Eyes operates a Just Price policy and works directly with local producers and suppliers to build fair,…

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A summer of growth and change

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Busy, busy, busy The summer of 2017 was the busiest yet here at the Fair Tax Mark. Not only did we announce four new Fair Tax Mark certifications in the shape of The Eighth Day, Achilles Accounting, PIRC and Dulas; but, we progressed a host of re-certifications, including the Co-operative Group, Unicorn Grocery, Scotmid, Staffline, Marshalls, Radstock and Unlimited Potential. It’s a source of great pride to us that every business that has secured Fair Tax Mark accreditation has returned and pursued re-certification afresh the following year. Which goes some way to explaining why we are seeing so much interest…

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