Join the Good Business Charter
Before you start
The self-certification process takes the form of a series of questions requiring a Yes or No answer which should take you less than one hour to complete. Ready to start? Click here to begin.
The GBC is open to all companies and public sector and third sector organisations, whatever your size. For organisations with up to 50 employees we have worked in collaboration with Federation of Small Businesses to develop a streamlined version – see here for the detail on this. If your organisation has more than 50 employees you are in the right place – please read on.
Answering the questions
Accreditation to the Good Business Charter requires you to meet each of the 10 components if you are a company or 9 if you are a public sector or third sector organisation. Please find below summaries of the questions which you can download and print or circulate to specific colleagues in your organisation.
In the majority of cases you will be asked if you are currently fulfilling a certain criterion for the Good Business Charter. If you answer ‘No’, you will be asked if you commit to do it going forwards. Our focus is on good intent in this regard. So a commitment going forwards means that within 3 months (or 12 months for tax) you will have started to put any changes required into motion. Some of the detail may take a few months to implement and we are definitely not expecting that to be fully in place within 3 months. Intent and commitment is the key.
For more information on what is required to fulfil each component of the Good Business Charter please click on the individual icons below.
The 10 Components
If you receive accreditation to the GBC, membership will be FREE for the first year.
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If you have reason to believe that a GBC accredited organisation is not meeting its obligations, please let us know.
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No joining fee and membership fee is free for the first year.
Thereafter organisations will be charged £1 per FTE up to a limit of £2,500 (£500 for public sector and third sector organisations). Small organisations (under 51 employees) will pay a flat fee of £25.
So if you have 68 employees you will pay just £68 per year membership after your first free year.
If you have 150 employees it will be £150 per year, if 2,500 employees, the cost is £2,500.
We believe this represents excellent value at just £1 per full-time employee per year.
Membership costs are per year. The first year is free of charge.
Not sure you can meet the requirements for one of the components?
If you are concerned that you will not be able to answer these questions but believe that your business, public sector organisation or charity practices follow the spirit of this component, please consult with us so that we can make a judgement on whether we believe you meet the requirements of the component.
We are really keen to have organisations of all sizes and from all types of industries and sectors joining the Good Business Charter. These are standard questions and for some organisations there may be questions that are just not relevant or too onerous. We want to hear from you if you feel that is the case and we will take a sympathetic view.
Equally, organisations with a smaller number of employees may feel that the wording of the questions is rather technical for the way they operate. We do not want to exclude anyone behaving responsibly just because they feel this has not been designed with their organisation’s size or industry in mind. We encourage you to apply the questions to your own unique setting and if in doubt, do contact us to explain the way in which you believe in your own way that you meet this component so that together we can consider whether it is sufficient or what else may be necessary to receive GBC accreditation.
These are a list of the questions you will be asked in the self-certification to the Good Business Charter. You may want to use these for reference or to circulate to appropriate departments, but you can just go ahead and click here to start your self-certification online.
If your organisation has 50 employees or less, please refer instead to our streamlined version done in collaboration with FSB which sets out a version accessible for these smaller organisations.