To ensure we’re investing in our people we’ve launched #GoodEmployer http://www.goodemployercroydon.com/ an approach to doing responsible business in our borough. To help our communities flourish the Good Employer Charter calls upon our employers to take action in four areas: pay, employ, buy, and include.
- Firstly, paythe London Living Wage, a non-statutory hourly rate set independently and updated annually by the Living Wage Foundation to reflect the cost of living in the capital. Currently this stands at £9.75 an hour.
- Secondly, employ. Employers are asked to create employment and training opportunities for local people by working with Croydon Works, the council’s jobs brokerage service that provides a free to use recruitment service to link employers to high quality, job-ready potential employees from within our borough.
- Thirdly, buy: support the local economy by investing in the local supply chain and local businesses. Organisations will be able to use the council to promote procurement and supply chain opportunities to the town via our Value Croydon approach.
- Lastly, include: employers sign up to embrace the principles of equality and fairness and implement this practically through approaches such as flexible working and disability access.
You can read more about the work here with a short article I’ve written:
If there are employers you’re connected to who you think would be up for joining, please don’t hesitate to be in touch.
NEWS & UPDATE:
On Wednesday 23rd November, a team from dotmailer attended the Croydon Economic Summit 2016. The talking points were the regeneration and growth plans for the area, and the Croydon Good Employer charter; an initiative led by Counseller Jamie Audsley, and co-developed by our HR Director, David Aldrich. The charter prioritizes local employers’ commitment to four key principles:
- fair pay
- employ local
- employ inclusively
- buy local.
dotmailer were keen to attend and pledge our support, especially seeing as our technology office has been in Croydon since 2002. David has been working closely with a number of local organizations and employers, including Croydon Council and Ikea. He spoke on a panel of key local players, sharing the stage with London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, and his new Night Czar, Amy Lamé, who gave her first speech in her new role. Mr Khan described Croydon as crucial to the economic and cultural success of the capital, and highlighted its prime position as a key technology hub.
The Summit was part of a wider collection of events, Croydon’s Congress, which brings together leaders from the public, business, community, faith and voluntary sectors that play key roles in shaping the borough’s future success.
A host of other crucial topics were discussed, including the current regeneration and growth activities in motion (and the benefits to local residents and businesses), and the importance of the night economy to the borough.
A discussion point, which feels very close to our hearts, was the crucial role of tech employers. It was great to see an acknowledgement of the part that such companies play in supporting the Croydon economy. Other local employers in attendance included Ikea, the Body Shop, Boxpark, the NHS and Gatwick airport.
It’s been fantastic to have a hand in forming the Croydon Economic charter and, as a company, we couldn’t be prouder to show our commitment. We pledge to continue working to develop and adopt the charter, and to drive adoption across the borough.