GBC Roundup: November 2021

Welcome to another month of GBC news! We are delighted to welcome 44 new members to the GBC this month, bringing our total up to 754, with 56 of those being public and third sector organisations, and 698 companies. We’re so happy to see the GBC continue to grow, and thank you to everyone who has been spreading the word.

New member of our team

We are delighted to be introducing Julie, our Member Support Manager for Large Organisations (51 or more employees). We are so excited for her to be joining our team, and be working to support our larger members.

Webinar: Empowering your ethical business journey

We were delighted to see many of our small members at our webinar earlier this month, hosted by our CEO, Jenny and our Small Business Support Manager, Sam. Lara Omoloja from The Greenwich Pantry, Simon Poole from Jerba Campervans, and Becci Martin from Boo Coaching and Consulting spoke about what being a good business in their sector. You can watch the full video here.

Living Wage Week

This month, we started #LivingWageWeek with the announcement of new minimum rates of pay. On Monday the Living Wage Foundation announced that the UK real living wage will rise from £9.50 an hour to £9.90 an hour and the London Living Wage will rise from £10.85 an hour to £11.05.  We are delighted that this means a pay rise for those on the lowest pay that are employed by a GBC organisation or a Living Wage Employer. For more on this year’s #LivingWageWeek, see our blog here.


We hope many of you found following the programme of events at COP26 interesting, and saw the recurring call for businesses to be more environmentally conscious. We are so proud of our members, who are leading the way on this by being signed up to the GBC! We were so pleased to see Tony Danker present and reinforce this point on the CBI live daily series and the other CBI coverage.

Member spotlight

Our member spotlight for this month is Pure Human Resources, who received Highly Commended Employer of the Year at the Test Valley Business Awards and has been announced as finalist for the Employer Award in the South Coast Business Awards. We’re delighted to see Pure Human Resources be recognised for being a fantastic employer and exceeding their requirements for GBC accreditation. Great work!

Debunking Net Zero Blog

In our latest blog, we have looked at several GBC members who have been working towards net zero, and members who offer offsetting services as part of their business, in line with their GBC environmental component. We have just chosen a few to talk about on this blog, so this is not an extensive list by any means! We hope their ideas encourage others to look deeper at what they are doing within their organisations to work towards net zero. Read the full blog here.