Three years ago, today, the Good Business Charter launched with founder members Capita, Richer Sounds, Brompton, Deloitte and London City Airport among others. The Charter is going from strength to strength at a time when increasing numbers of people want to work for, buy from or invest with responsible organisations.
Over the past year the accreditation has been strengthened to ensure those achieving accreditation look to fully embed the 10 components and it has been exciting to hear of behaviour changed as a result of becoming accredited. When we hear of an organisation that has needed to upgrade its system to ensure it can pay its suppliers promptly, and therefore receive GBC accreditation, we have tangible evidence of how we are making a difference. When senior leaders start to improve how their employees are being cared for, what voice they have and how inclusive the workplace is, alongside providing decent wages and secure work, this will bring a huge positive impact for society.
We remain passionate about our set of minimum standards that showcase each accredited organisation’s holistic commitment to responsible business behaviour – not in a piecemeal way where some components are championed and others sorely neglected, but where all aspects of responsible behaviour are embraced.
Now at over 1,200 members, the GBC is looking to raise more awareness with the general public and is unveiling a new look along with its annual report at the end of this month. We have a variety of events scheduled for the year ahead and are pleased to welcome two new colleagues to our team – an Accreditation and Renewals Administrator and a Communications Officer – which will ensure we are fully resourced to continue our momentum and growth in the year ahead.
CEO Jenny Herrera commented:
“Since the start of the year, with the launch of our strengthened renewals process and the development of our brand, it feels like we haven’t paused for breath! We are exploring lots of different avenues and excited to see partnerships develop where together we can equip organisations with our framework and provide that credible signpost the public need of what an organisation stands for and how it treats its employees, customers, suppliers and the planet.“