If your organisation has 50 employees or less, we have developed a streamlined version of the questions. They do require a straightforward Yes/No answer to them and you will need to be able to answer Yes to each of the 10 questions in order to receive GBC accreditation. In preparation for signing up, the questions you will be asked are below. To sign up, please click here: https://accreditation.goodbusinesscharter.com/login to register and complete the online process. It is quick and simple.
- Do you pay your directly employed and regularly contracted staff the real living wage as defined by the Living Wage Foundation or have plans to work toward that goal?
Fairer hours and contracts
- Do you only offer or use zero or minimal hours contracts when it is mutually beneficial and accepted by both you and the employee?
- Do you actively support and encourage employee well-being treating those with legitimate sickness in a fair and respectful manner and promote access to impartial support and advice for employees with physical and mental health needs (this can include signposting to NHS services or charities)?
- Is there a way where every employee can make suggestions or raise issues with senior management? (If you recognise a trade union, do you commit to regular engagement?)
Diversity and inclusion
- Do you put robust measures in place to encourage diversity at key stages of recruitment, selection and retention of employees? And have you put in place robust measures to prevent harassment or victimisation in the workplace with access to independent third-party support if necessary?
- Do you encourage the development of good environmental practice as an organisation and by your employees, suppliers and customers, seeking to minimise your impact and commit to improve it, depending on the size, sector and relevance of your organisation?
Pay fair tax
- Do you commit to pay your taxes where applicable, only use tax allowances for the purpose intended, and be transparent in your relationship with HMRC, providing all relevant information and to cooperate in resolving any disputes?
Commitment to customers
- Do you have a clear commitment to customers and prioritise addressing and learning from customer feedback, seeking to put negative issues right?
- Do you commit to ethical sourcing of anything you purchase – such as by applying standards set out in the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code where relevant?
- Are you committed to paying your suppliers promptly, and within at least 30 days?
Charities with less than 50 employees will answer an adapted version of the streamlined questions, removing the tax component since it is not relevant and changing the wording of the customer commitment to stakeholders to encompass beneficiaries and donors.
The Good Business Charter measures behaviour over ten important components but we believe responsible behaviour by businesses shouldn’t be limited to these. Members are expected to adhere to the spirit of the Good Business Charter in their dealings with all stakeholders (workers, customers, subcontractors, suppliers, and the community), in their approach to the environment and in their legal and financial compliance. In the event of a material issue occurring which could question their right to membership then the Trustees’ decision is final in deciding whether it should be rescinded.
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Take the first step now and sign up with us today. If you receive accreditation to the GBC, membership will be FREE for the first year.