Craig & Rose Limited - UK Tax Strategy

CRAIG & ROSE OVERVIEW

Founded in 1829, Craig & Rose Limited (Craig & Rose) is a niche manufacturer and marketer of premium paint products targeted at consumers and trade professionals looking for high-end, historical authentic and contemporary finishes. The ultimate controlling entity of Craig & Rose has historically been an Australian entity that was listed on the Australian stock exchange, DuluxGroup Limited (DuluxGroup). However, effective from 21 August 2019 the shares in DuluxGroup were acquired by Nippon Paint Holding Co Ltd (Nippon Paint), a public company listed on the Japanese stock exchange. Whilst it is expected that the policies and procedures in relation to tax for both Craig and Rose and DuluxGroup will eventually be aligned to that of the new parent company, Nippon Paint, for the purposes of the income year ended 30 September 2019 the policies and procedures of DuluxGroup have been applied to Craig & Rose.

DuluxGroup is a leading marketer and manufacturer of premium branded products that enhance, protect and maintain the places and spaces in which people live and work. DuluxGroup acquired the Craig & Rose business in the United Kingdom on 10 August 2016.

This report complies with the requirement to publish a tax strategy in accordance with Paragraph 16(2) of Schedule 19 of the United Kingdom Finance Act 2016.

TAX STRATEGY AND GOVERNANCE

Approach to risk management and governance arrangements

Craig & Rose’s approach to risk management and governance arrangements are aligned to DuluxGroup’s Tax Risk Management Framework which sets out the policy and procedures for managing tax risk for all entities controlled by DuluxGroup.

The Group Tax Manager of DuluxGroup is mandated to design, review and update the tax risk procedures for DuluxGroup and all of its subsidiaries. The Group Tax Manager works closely with the Craig & Rose Board and senior management to ensure that these risk management and governance principles are consistently applied to the UK business.

Corporate governance

DuluxGroup and Craig & Rose directors and management are committed to conducting business in an ethical, fair and transparent manner in accordance with high standards of corporate governance. Managing tax risk is an integral component of good corporate governance.

DuluxGroup have a robust corporate governance framework in place which is applied to all subsidiaries including Craig & Rose and we are committed to fostering a culture of compliance that values personal and corporate integrity, accountability and continuous improvement.

DuluxGroup’s corporate governance framework includes:

  • An experienced and engaged Board of Directors and management team;
  • Clear and transparent communication with shareholders;
  • Strong risk management and assurance processes and culture; and
  • The values and behaviours and supporting policies that underpin how DuluxGroup conducts its business

Attitude towards tax planning

Craig & Rose's approach to tax planning is aligned with DuluxGroup's tax philosophy which is to comply with all tax laws and operate at the highest level of integrity at all times. The tax strategy is principled, transparent and sustainable with the following objectives:

  • Operate in good faith, with transparency and to comply with tax laws in all jurisdictions;
  • Align to the current business strategy;
  • Continually look at way of improving efficiency in the tax compliance and reporting functions; and
  • Operate in accordance with DuluxGroup's tax risk appetite.

Accepted level of risk in relation to tax

In order to meet the expectations of stakeholders and the Board, Crag & Rose and DuluxGroup aspire to maintain a tax risk profile which is low.

Approach to engagement with tax authorities

DuluxGroup aims for a co-operative relationship with every tax and revenue authority including the HMRC. As part of this commitment, DuluxGroup has voluntarily adopted the Australian Tax Transparency Code and as a result they publish an annual Tax Contribution Report in Australia.

From time to time, it is expected that DuluxGroup will be subject to review by the various tax authorities across the jurisdictions it operates in. DuluxGroup endeavours to work collaboratively to achieve early agreement and to resolve any disputes with may arise.