Helpful links

The GBC is an accreditation scheme.  It does not advise on how to achieve the different components.  Below are a list of organisations that can provide guidance on how to do responsible business as well as our partners on some of our individual components.  All our information is provided in good faith that it is accurate and valid but we take no responsibility for the content in these external websites.

Individual Components

Ethical Trading Initiative
https://www.ethicaltrade.org/
A leading alliance promoting respect for workers’ rights around the globe. We ask businesses to commit to the ETI Base Code but it is not a requirement to become a member. You will find excellent resources on how to do proper due diligence on your ethical sourcing.

Fair Tax Mark
https://fairtaxmark.net/
Certification scheme for companies paying the right amount of corporation tax at the right time and in the right place.

Living Wage Foundation
https://www.livingwage.org.uk/
Accreditation scheme for organisations committing to pay the real living wage which is required by the Good Business Charter.

Oxfam Business Advisory Service
https://www.oxfamapps.org.uk/privatesector/oxfam-business-advisory-service/
Oxfam is an alternative to the Ethical Trading Initiative and provides companies with advice and guidance on key issues in their sustainability strategies.

Prompt Payment Code
https://www.smallbusinesscommissioner.gov.uk/ppc/
A voluntary code of practice setting standards for payment practices. Signing up to the PPC is required by the Good Business Charter.

Guidance on how to be a Responsible Business

Blueprint for Better Business
http://www.blueprintforbusiness.org/
An independent charity helping business to be inspired and guided by a purpose that respects people and contributes to a better society.

Centre for Progressive Policy
https://www.progressive-policy.net/
A think tank committed to drive progressive policy and shared prosperity in the UK.

Coral Mountain
https://www.coralmountain.co.uk/
A consultancy which can support businesses in meeting the environmental responsibility component of the GBC.  They will review current activity and design a programme to reduce environmental impact. 

Future-Fit Business
https://futurefitbusiness.org/
Future-Fit has a free Business Benchmark which offers a holistic framing for companies to consider all their social and environmental impacts.

Green Alliance
https://www.green-alliance.org.uk/
Independent think tank and charity focused on ambitious leadership for the environment.

Heart of the City
https://theheartofthecity.com/
20 years experience of working with small and medium sized businesses to do responsible business. It has now made some of its resources freely available to download.

Neighbourly
https://www.neighbourly.com/
A platform that helps businesses make a positive impact in their communities by donating volunteer time, money and surplus products, all in one place.

‘The Ethical Capitalist’ by Julian Richer
https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/111/1115429/the-ethical-capitalist–how-to-make-business-work-better-for-soc/9781847942210.html
Or you could purchase Julian Richer’s book which also gives plenty of advice on how to conduct business fairly.

Local Ethical Business Initiatives

Ethical Reading
https://www.ethicalreading.org.uk/
Ethical Reading exists to help organisations in Reading and their teams do the right thing by each other, the wider community and the environment and to thrive in the process. It is all about encouraging people to take a compassionate, respectful and responsible approach when making decisions at every level from the board room to everyday interactions.

North-East Initiative on Business Ethics (NIBE)
https://nibe.org.uk/
The North East Initiative on Business Ethics (NIBE) is an independent regional resource with an aspiration to become a focal point for good business behaviour. Working across the twelve Local Authority areas covered by the North East and Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnerships, their aim is to see the region recognised as a great place to do trustworthy, honest and transparent business. 

Good Business Charter

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Our 10 components

Find out more about the ideals that make up the cornerstone of the Good Business Charter.
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