We are delighted to announce that we have now expanded our accreditation scheme to include companies and charities with less than 10 employees.
In recognition that 96% of all businesses in the UK have less than 10 employees and given the level of interest we had from smaller organisations in the first few months of the Good Business Charter’s existence, we have now launched our self-certification assessment for companies and charities with 0-9 employees. This assessment seeks to use language more accessible to the size of organisation whilst still upholding the same standards of the 10 components of the GBC.
Free for the first year and just £50 a year afterwards, it is a great way to differentiate your organisation and display your commitment to responsible business practices through caring for your employees, customers, suppliers and the environment all whilst paying your taxes according to the spirit of the law.
Over the past few months we have been approached by sole traders wanting to sign up to the Good Business Charter, whether they be self-employed or incorporated as a limited company. We have also had discussions with organisations that are passionate about ethical business but do not have any employees in their own right such as Ethical Reading and the North-East Institute of Business Ethics. Finally, we have had conversations about grassroots charities that are not registered charities but effective community groups making a real difference. They are not registered with the Charities Commission because their income is under £5,000, which usually implies they do not pay any employees.
The Good Business Foundation took the decision to make the accreditation available to organisations with 0-9 employees to take account of these different types of organisations. They will still be asked questions about their employees – we would encourage them to respond to them for any prospective employees they may take on in the course of the year, upholding our requirements for employees including paying real living wage and fair treatment with regard to zero hours contracts.
One size fits all
It is very difficult to create something to fit all and whilst we have adapted our questions for the different sizes of organisation, we recognise that there still may be aspects of our accreditation that seem irrelevant for a particular company, whether that be corporation tax for limited liability partnerships such as law firms, or our request for a company or charity number when you don’t have one (please just put ‘not applicable’ in that box). We hope you will always feel able to come directly to us to ask questions about what is appropriate for your own particular situation and that the GBC can truly be and feel open to all.