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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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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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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Vivian Woodell, CEO

Talking to the Phone Co-op

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The Phone Co-op is an independent consumer co-operative based in Manchester, Chipping Norton and London. It is the only telecoms provider in the UK that is owned and run by its customers. The Phone Co-op operates nationwide, providing fixed and mobile telecommunications services to over 23,000 residential and business customers, including other co-operatives, charities and third sector organisations.Since 2012, when it adopted the nationally recognised co-operative brand, The Phone Co-op trades as The Co-operative Phone and Broadband, The Co-operative Business Telecoms, and The Co-operative Mobile to reflect the range of services it provides.The Phone Co-op operates a policy of fair…

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Ben Reid, CEO

Talking to the Midcounties Co-operative

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A pioneer Fair Tax Mark organization, the Midcounties Co-operative talked to the Fair Tax Mark about why they wanted to be one of the first holders. As a values led and ethical organisation, we believe that we should pay the taxes that are due and not engage in aggressive tax avoidance schemes, even if legal. In 2013 we formalised this with the development of a Tax Charter, which sets out that, as far as is reasonable, the Society’s preference is to make its tax affairs as simple as possible. In July 2014, we revised our Charter, making an explicit commitment to…

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Richard WIlcox, MD

Talking to the Unity Trust Bank

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Unity Trust Bank is a specialist bank for organisations in the social economy providing day-to-day banking and much needed affordable finance to civil society organisations, including charities, social enterprises, community and voluntary organisations, CDFIs, councils and trade unions across the UK. Founded thirty years ago on strong principles of social responsibility, it continues its commitment to growing a fairer society today. Unity Trust Bank promotes a socially responsible and sustainable approach to banking and lending, and aim to create positive social change through their business activity. Because of this, they take a ‘double bottom line’ approach to business, which sees socially focused…

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