Damion Viney, Crunchers South London

Q&A with Crunchers South London

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Crunchers South London were the first accountancy practice to achieve the Fair Tax Mark. We talk to their director Damion Viney about why they chose to get the Fair Tax Mark. What made you apply for the Fair Tax Mark? As an accountant, I’m highly aware of the importance of taxation. I’d been following the various ethical issues around it for a while, including reading Nicholas Shaxson’s acclaimed book, Treasure Islands, and I had become very concerned. I thought there was a great need for a tax-related equivalent of the Fairtrade Mark: a clear cut way for companies to say…

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Steph Gray, Managing Director, Helpful Technology

Q&A with Helpful Technology

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Helpful Technology is a digital development company, working with a wide range of clients across the public sector and private businesses. We talk to Managing Director Steph Gray about why applied for the Fair Tax Mark. Why did you apply for the Fair Tax Mark? I heard of the Fair Tax Mark through one of our suppliers, Bytemark Hosting and thought it sounded like a great way to demonstrate transparency and support for the idea that businesses paying their share of tax is a good thing for society. Since I set up the firm, I’ve tried to establish a set of…

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Q&A with The 8th Day

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The 8th Day is one of Manchester’s longest running worker co-operatives. Since the 1970s, it’s been providing quality food and goods. Its growing business now includes a well-loved cafe and events programme. Why did you apply for the Fair Tax Mark? We applied for the mark because as a business that makes an effort to trade in a more ethical way, we have a commitment to set a good example with our business practices and this includes being open and transparent about our tax affairs. What benefits do you believe having the Fair Tax Mark will bring your business? It’s very…

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The Ecology Building Society offices

Q&A with Ecology Building Society

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We talk to the first building society to gain the fair tax mark, Ecology Building Society, about why they chose to get the Fair Tax Mark Why did you apply for the Fair Tax Mark? While tax remains a controversial area for many, Ecology Building Society are proud to be the first building society awarded the Fair Tax Mark, which sets a benchmark for responsible tax behaviour. What are the benefits of it for your business? We’re delighted to be able to offer the first Fair Tax Mark accredited range of personal savings accounts which now means that ethically minded…

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The Co-operative Group receive their accreditation

Q&A with the Co-operative Group

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The Co-operative Group is the latest business to be Fair Tax Mark accredited. We talked to them about why they committed to be a Fair Tax Mark business  Why did you apply for the Fair Tax Mark? The Co-operative Group applied for the Fair Tax Mark as it felt like a natural fit for how the Group approaches its tax affairs. The Group is proud to have achieved the high standards set by the Fair Tax Mark. The Mark provides the Group and the stakeholders of the Group with a robust and independent verification of how well we explain our…

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Marshalls logo

Q&A with Marshalls

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Marshalls is a complete external landscaping, interior design, paving and flooring products business Why did you apply for the Fair Tax Mark? We viewed the Fair Tax Mark scheme as a natural step for Marshalls as the Group’s tax philosophy has long been closely aligned with the Fair Tax Mark’s objectives. We aim to achieve transparency and we hope the Group’s formalisation of a tax policy will reassure all our stakeholders that we are a responsible company. What are the benefits of it for your business? The Fair Tax Mark criteria are in line with the Group’s desire to maintain…

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Winder Power's manufacturing centre in Leeds

Q&A with Winder Power

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Winder Power are a leading UK manufacturer of power and distribution transformers, and gained the Fair Tax Mark in 2015. We talked to them about why they chose to get the Fair Tax Mark Why did you apply for the Fair Tax Mark? We at Winder Power firmly believe that we have a responsibility to contribute to the society in which we operate. Paying the appropriate amount of tax is core to this; and we are determined to abide by both the spirit and letter of the UK’s tax regulations. We are committed to paying all of our taxes and…

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Mike Constantine OBE

Q&A with Lush Cosmetics

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Mark Constantine of Lush talks fair tax from Fair Tax Mark on Vimeo. Why did you apply for the Fair Tax Mark? Lush Ethics Director Hilary Jones says: “At Lush, we believe that we should pay a fair tax in each of the countries in which we operate. Lush wants our customers to have a safe living environment, to have access to good education and efficient healthcare services – and we know that taxes are needed for this. As a company, we feel we should contribute back into the societies from which we trade by being a good employer, by…

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