Fair Tax Mark awarded

Thursday Jun 10, 2021

This week, Chelmsford Star has secured Fair Tax Mark certification, joining the growing movement of responsible businesses who are proud to ‘say what they pay with pride’, and we’ve done it during ‘Fair Tax Week’!

Set up in 1867, we’ve a long record of equal pay, an even gender mix and have always followed a set of ethical rules known as our ‘values and principles’.

The Fair Tax Mark is an independent certification, which recognises organisations that demonstrate they are paying the right amount of corporation tax in the right place, at the right time. More than 60 businesses have now been certified. These include national brands as well as co-operatives, family businesses and social enterprises.

Lisa Waghorn, Chief Financial Officer for Chelmsford Star Co-op, said,

“Our Board were keen to demonstrate that Chelmsford Star Co-op operates with fairness and transparency behind the scenes, and not just with our Society’s more visible community efforts. We’re proud to have obtained the Fair Tax Mark which lines up nicely with our ethical values as a Co-operative.”

Graham Drummond, Head of Communications, Fair Tax Foundation, said: “We are delighted to announce that Chelmsford Star Co-operative has achieved the Fair Tax Mark. With it being Fair Tax Week we’re already celebrating the brilliant businesses that promote responsible tax conduct, so this announcement couldn’t come at a better time. Chelmsford Star Co-operative has believed in honesty and openness for over 150 years, and securing the Fair Tax Mark is an accomplishment the Society, their members and the local community can be proud of.”

Fair Tax Week runs from 5th -13th June, incorporating Tax Justice Sunday on 6th June. The week is a UK-wide recognition of the companies and organisations that are proud to promote responsible tax conduct and pay their fair share of corporation tax. The week uses #CelebratingFair and is supported via the Fair Tax Foundation website and social media accounts, which will also highlight digital events taking place as part of the week.

Polling* commissioned by the Fair Tax Foundation from ICM has recently found that two thirds of the public would rather shop with (66%) or work for (68%) a business that can prove it is paying its fair share of tax. Over three quarters (77%) of the public believe that all companies, whatever their size, should have to publicly disclose the taxes they do or don’t pay in the UK.

* 2021 ICM Omnibus: a nationally representative omnibus survey of c.2,000 adults across GB between 15th and 17th May 2021.