The Good Business Charter

Ealing Council has been accredited by The Good Business Charter for its responsible business practices.

The Good Business Charter is a simple accreditation which organisations in the UK can sign up to in recognition of responsible business practices. It measures behaviour over 10 parts: 

  • Real living wage
  • Fairer hours and contracts
  • Employee wellbeing
  • Employee representation
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Environmental responsibility
  • Paying fair tax
  • Customer commitment
  • Ethical sourcing
  • Prompt payment to suppliers

The Good Business Charter is an initiative of the Good Business Foundation, a charity registered in England and Wales. The goal of the Good Business Charter is to gain a critical mass of accredited companies of all sizes and from all sectors and work to get the brand widely recognised in the UK for consumers, employees, investors and other stakeholders.

The Good Business Charter’s aim is to create a fairer society by promoting this accreditation scheme through encouraging businesses to pay people a fair wage for a fair day’s work, as well as pay their UK taxes not only in accordance with, but in the spirit of national legislation to ensure that revenue is reinvested back into the country’s education, healthcare, transport and other areas. This will benefit both current and future employees.

Benefits of joining the Good Business:

  • Recognition as a responsible business, standing out from competition and gaining new customers
  • Being part of a community of responsible organisations with a clear framework to communicate internally and externally how you care about people
  • An accessible accreditation you can promote to organisations of any size or sector.  Free for the first year and only nominal fees thereafter.

Be recognised for your responsible business practices

Set up in 2020, The Good Business Charter recently welcomed its 1,000th organisation. It’s open to organisations from the private and public sectors and charities of all sizes. Find out more about joining The Good Business Charter as a responsible business.  Application is through an online self-certification process and takes less than one hour to complete.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for decent living incomes comments:
“At the recent elections, we pledged to lead the borough to deliver decent living incomes, by achieving The Good Business Charter accreditation. Having shown we meet these key standards; it reflects our efforts to be a responsible organisation and employer and gives us the opportunity to set and raise the bar for what it means to do business here in Ealing.

“Our Plan for Good Jobs outlines our commitment to support Ealing businesses in different ways, attract new ones and actively encourage businesses of all sizes to make a positive contribution to the borough’s economy. We are pleased that we can lead the way by being a responsible organisation ourselves.

“I’d encourage Ealing businesses to consider joining The Good Business Charter, improve the way they do business and by doing so improve the lives of many.”