Good Business Charter

GBC Accreditation

We are proud to be signed up to the Good Business Charter, showing our commitment to its ten guiding principles.

At a time when people are caring more about who they work for and who they buy from, the Good Business Charter offers a straightforward accreditation which recognises organisations which prioritise and care for their employees, the environment, customers and suppliers, whilst also paying their taxes according to the spirit of the law.

The GBC consists of ten components and more details for each of these components can be found on their website:

Good Business Charter

Talking about the Good Business Charter, John Staves Managing Director said

“The Good Business Charter recognises the way we do business.

We are a good business to deal with whether you are a member of staff, a customer, a supplier or the environment. It allows us to be recognised for all the things we hold dear as a business. Aligning with our business values – it’s a perfect fit for us!

We’ve not had to change to fit the accreditation, it fits with what we already do and we are very pleased to be associated with this new initiative”.

john staves

The Good Business Charter has the support of both the CBI and the TUC which both have trustee representation on its board.

Other partners of the GBC include the Living Wage Foundation and the Prompt Payment Code.

As an organisation;

We commit to pay our directly employed and regularly contracted staff the real living wage as defined by the Living Wage Foundation.

We commit to only use zero or minimal hours contracts when it is mutually beneficial and accepted by both us and the employee.

We will 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.

We commit to having a way where every employee can make suggestions or raise issues with senior management.

We commit to have robust measures in place to encourage diversity at key stages of recruitment, selection and retention of employees and to prevent harassment or victimisation in the workplace.

We care about the environment and encourage the development of good environmental practice as an organisation, seeking to minimise our impact and commit to improve it.

We commit to pay our taxes where applicable, only use tax allowances for the purpose intended, and be transparent in our relationship with HMRC.

We have a clear commitment to our stakeholders and prioritise addressing and learning from stakeholder feedback, seeking to put negative issues right.

We commit to ethical sourcing of anything we purchase, such as by applying standards set out in the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code where relevant.

We commit to paying our suppliers promptly, and within at least 30 days.