Date published 2 June 2021

Fair Tax Week begins on 5th June 2021 and 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. Marshalls is one of them, having recently received the Fair Tax Mark for the 7th consecutive year.
Our Group Sustainability Director, Chris Harrop OBE, will be joining other speakers at the first of five Fair Tax Week webinars, discussing why Fair Tax should be a key part of a company’s business strategy and looking at the polling results of UK public attitudes towards a range of tax issues.
Chris Harrop OBE said: “Fair Tax is absolutely part of Marshalls’ strategy because we’re committed to supporting the economy. A well-funded functioning society needs a government with resources. If businesses don’t pay the tax needed for our society to thrive, they are creating bigger problems for our country’s economy. And this has never been more important in the wake of the pandemic. That’s why last year, Marshalls paid back the £9.4m furlough money we’d received from the government.”
Marshalls’ commitment to being a responsible business remains strong. We proudly display the Fair Tax Mark and join other Fair Tax businesses this week to draw attention to the need for honesty and transparency when it comes to tax, for the benefit of everyone. This is especially relevant as it links directly to our efforts to contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and specifically SDG 11 for Sustainable Cities and Communities.
Paul Monaghan, Chief Executive, Fair Tax Foundation, said: “Corporation Tax is often presented as a burden, but it shouldn’t be. Not when considered against the huge array of public services it helps fund - from education, health and social care, to flood defence, roads, policing and defence. It also plays a crucial role in holding the whole tax system together – helping to counter financial inequalities and rebalance distorted economies. Which is why it’s so important that more businesses step forward and say what they pay with pride. 
During Fair Tax Week we’ll be celebrating the organisations that are proud to pay the right amount of tax for the benefit of all, and to ensure a level playing-field for business.”

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.
Visit the Sustainability section on our website for more information on the work we do to create better futures for everyone.