We are delighted to be announced as the first multi-national retailer awarded the ‘Fair Tax Mark’ accreditation.
'Tax is a notoriously murky and controversial area of business. Today more than ever it's reassuring to know that the Fair Tax Mark is setting a benchmark for responsible tax behaviour. We're both flattered and proud to have made the Mark.' says Mark Constantine, Lush co-founder.
What is The Fair Tax Mark?
The Fair Tax Mark - which celebrates its first birthday on 20th February 2015 - is the world's first independent accreditation scheme to recognise companies with responsible tax policies.
Richard Murphy, one of the founders of the Fair Tax Mark, says: 'Around the world and here in the UK people are now aware that many big businesses routinely fail to pay the taxes they really owe. What they now want to do is spend their money with those companies who are doing the right thing by seeking to pay the fair tax that they owe in the right place at the right time.'
'The Fair Tax Mark is designed to allow consumers to identify those businesses who are paying their fair share of tax. This makes the Mark the next step in the campaign for tax justice.'
'Lush has chosen to voluntarily report its annual sales and taxes paid in each country it operates in. This is genuinely ground-breaking for a multinational in the retail sector.'
Wear it proudly
For Mark Constantine being open and honest is empowering, 'I think if you have well motivated staff and a good vibrant business you can actually go out there and you can act as something of a model. It's sort of okay to wander about in your underpants as it were'.
Find out more about our ethical tax policy at https://www.lush.co.uk/article/company-tax-policy and hear Mark Constantine's views on the Fair Tax Mark by clicking below:
For more information on the Fair Tax Mark, visit www.fairtaxmark.net