We are proud to be accredited by the Good Business Charter in recognition of our responsible business practices.
The Good Business Charter measures behaviour across 10 key components: real living wage, fairer hours and contracts, employee well-being, employee representation, diversity and inclusion, environmental responsibility, paying fair tax, commitment to customers, ethical sourcing, and prompt payment. An organisation must meet all 10 commitments to receive GBC accreditation.
“I am delighted that the business has received this accreditation. It is testament to the hard work of the whole business to operate in a responsible and sustainable way that benefits our customers, supply chain, employees and our communities.” Nick Spenceley, Head of Responsible Business
What is the Good Business Charter?
The Good Business Charter is a simple accreditation which recognises responsible business practices of organisations in the UK. Their aim is to inspire as many organisations as possible to change their behaviour, where required, in order to sign up, which should in turn encourage wider good business practice.
The 10 components:
The following are the 10 key components that we have met as an organisation to become accredited by the Good Business Charter:
- We are a Living Wage Employer who pays directly employed staff and regular contracted staff the regular living wage
- We commit to a fair approach to zero or minimal hours contract including giving at least two weeks’ notice for scheduling shifts and still paying shifts cancelled at less than two weeks’ notice. We commit to give proper consideration to providing contracts with guaranteed hours.
- We will have clear, fair and transparent policies that support and encourage employee well-being and ban unreasonable penalties for legitimate sickness.
- We will engage with worker representatives and ensure there is a voice that represents employees around the boardroom table.
- We will commit time and money to creating an inclusive workplace. We will monitor the diversity of our workforce, commit to close the gender, disability and ethnicity pay gaps and narrow the CEO/worker pay gap.
- We care about the environment and have an environmental policy which demonstrates the ways in which we are committed to reducing our environmental impact and continually improving our environmental performance.
- We commit to pay our taxes, not engage in tax avoidance and be transparent in our relationship with HMRC.
- We recognise our commitment to our customers. We publish this commitment on our website and gather and monitor customer feedback, reporting to the board and addressing concerns.
- We commit to the standards set out in the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code where relevant to our organisation.
- We are signatories of the government’s Prompt Payment Code.