Tax matters. It helps to fund vital public goods and services and when paid fairly, it ensures a level playing field for businesses large and small.
We want a future where all businesses are proud to pay their fair share of tax. Because tax affects us all, we think companies should report on their tax practices transparently so we can understand how they’re contributing.
We’re proud to celebrate those businesses doing the right thing by awarding them the Fair Tax Mark, and we work with other companies to help them improve their practices, moving towards a fairer economy for all.
Read more about our ‘certified promise’ for businesses in our introductory brochure.
How we work
The Fair Tax Mark certification scheme was launched in February 2014 and seeks to encourage and recognise organisations that pay the right amount of corporation tax at the right time and in the right place. It’s the only scheme of its kind in the UK, bridging the gap between corporate responsibility and the wider tax justice movement.
– We work with technical experts and other stakeholders to outline the standards that businesses need to reach in order to become Fair Tax accredited
– We work with businesses of all sizes, from independent high street shops to large multinationals, to help them achieve those standards
– We work to raise public awareness of the Fair Tax Mark and accredited businesses in order to bring Fair Tax businesses and consumers together
– We provide bespoke research and advisory services
The Fair Tax Mark is published by Fair Tax Mark Ltd, a not-for-profit Community Benefit Society registered under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act (Registration: 32308R). You can learn more about our staff and board here. We also have a Technical Advisory Group that helps to develop our assessment criteria.
When we launched in 2014, we gave interested people the opportunity to become investor members. It’s thanks in large part to their support and contributions that the Fair Tax Mark exists today. We’re not currently accepting new investors. If you’d like to be kept up-to-date on this, please be sure to sign up to our mailing list.
Our governing document is available here.
The majority of the Fair Tax Mark’s income is derived from trading activity and the assessment and licensing of business to our accreditation standards; however, grant funding has also made a significant contribution to our growth and impact.
In particular, we are deeply appreciate of the crucial support we have received from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, the Joffe Charitable Trust, Friends Provident Foundation, the Network for Social Change and the Barrow Cadbury Trust.
We think it’s important that accreditation standards, think tanks and public policy campaigns should be open and honest as to their sources of grant funding. As of 2017, we disclose this in a systematic fashion (taking account of the guidance of Transparify) alongside our annual Financial Statements here.