The Good Employer Charter - An overview
The Good Employer Charter is an accreditation scheme from Basildon Council which supports a network of responsible local businesses.
- the use of local supply chains,
- the creation of local job opportunities
- that employees are paid a fair wage
- attention to staff wellbeing and development
- best practice in equality and diversity
- environmental sustainability.
Strengthening our local economy requires collective commitment. Businesses and employers play an important role in creating a local economy that not only attracts investors but opens up opportunities for further growth. The Charter aims to become a testament to the strengths of Basildon's economy by showcasing local businesses' commitment to their employees, customers, suppliers, business partners and the local communities.
Basildon has a strong economy, however, over recent years it has seen a reduction in productivity levels; this is evident in the reduction in workplace earnings with 3% since 2013 to be compared with the UK average rise of 9%. This reduction in pay has had a negative effect, increasing the polarisation of communities and resulting in low Wellness and Happiness scores (ONS Wellbeing Statistics 2018). Basildon is in bottom 10 places out of 356 in the UK for Wellness and Happiness scores and has seen a marked reduction in the last 5 years.
In line with the success in delivering similar schemes by other authorities and considering the implications of the current global pandemic, Basildon Council will focus the Good Employer Charter's standard on the following areas:
- Investment in training and HR Practices
- Procurement and supply chains
- Community Engagement.
Further information and enquiries
For further information and enquiries please contact the council's Economic Development Team - firstname.lastname@example.org