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Unity celebrates renewed Fair Tax Mark and IIP ‘Gold’ status

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Unity celebrates renewed Fair Tax Mark and IIP ‘Gold’ status

Published: July 13, 2023

It was a double achievement for Unity in June as the bank was reaccredited with two important accolades – the Fair Tax Mark and ‘Gold’ Investors in People (IIP) status. 

As an award-winning commercial bank with a social conscience, Unity’s values are at the heart of everything we do.

Fair Tax Mark

The Fair Tax Mark accreditation scheme seeks to encourage and recognise businesses that ‘pay the right amount of corporation tax at the right time and in the right place’.

A long-standing advocate of fair and transparent tax practices, Unity was proud to be the first UK bank to be awarded the Fair Tax Mark and has gone on to retain it for 10 consecutive years.

And as part of Unity’s ongoing support for the Fair Tax Foundation, we sponsored a special report for Fair Tax Week. It looked at what the UK public really thinks about public trust, tax disclosures and procurement. You can learn more about it, here.

Gold Investors in People

Meanwhile, Investors in People is a standard for people management. It offers accreditation for organisations that successfully meet a framework of effective leadership and management practices.

The bank first gained IIP accreditation in 2003. Unity’s retention of its Gold status will run until the next assessment in 2026.

Other Accreditations for Unity

Unity’s impressive and growing list of accreditations demonstrate our commitment to helping create a better society for everyone.

These include being a Living Wage Employer and a Disability Confident Employer. The bank is also a Carbon Literate Organisation and a Signatory of the Women in Finance Charter.

We are a member of the Financial Services Conduct Board and the Prince’s Responsible Business Network. In 2022, Unity joined the Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV). We engage with a community of like-minded institutions to deliver social and environmental impact.

In 2023, Unity won ‘Business of the Year’ and ‘Excellence in Contribution to the Community’ at Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce’ annual awards. The bank was Highly Commended in the Moneyfacts Awards ‘Best Charity Banking Provider’ category too. It has also been shortlisted in the upcoming Living Wage Foundation’s ‘Living Wage Champion of the Year’ awards category.