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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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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Q&A with Urban IT Support

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Urban IT Support is an example of a small firm that has achieved the Fair Tax Mark. They provide easy-to-understand computer, network and mobile device support to homes and businesses. We talked to them about why they wanted the Mark. Why did you apply for the Fair Tax Mark? Since Urban IT Support was formed a few years ago, the company has placed a proud emphasis on ethics and paying the correct amount of Tax. What are the benefits of it to your business? The Fair Tax Mark is a way for Urban IT support and other similar sized companies…

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SSE workers

Q&A with SSE

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    SSE was the first FTSE100 company to gain the Fair Tax Mark. We talked to their Finance Director Gregor Alexander about the process Why did you apply for the Fair Tax Mark? SSE’s Finance Director, Gregor Alexander says: “Taxes are the way that every member of society makes a contribution to the cost of providing the public services we all rely on. That is why paying the right amount of tax matters and why SSE has a responsibility to make a fair contribution. SSE has always been open about its tax but we’ve taken our transparency to a…

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A Go Ahead Group controller

Q&A with the Go-Ahead Group

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The Go Ahead Group were the first FTSE350 company to be awarded the Fair Tax Mark. We talked to their group CEO David Brown about getting the Mark Why did you apply for the 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…

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