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Brightwork takes Scottish Business Pledge

Brightwork has joined over 360 other businesses in making a public promise to support sustainable business and development in Scotland.

The company has formalised its innovative CSR practices by taking the Scottish Business Pledge, a values-led partnership between government and businesses in Scotland, announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in May 2015.

The Pledge requires companies to sign-up to nine assurances which underpin ethical business practices, such as paying the Living Wage, Investing in Youth, and playing an active role in the community.

Shan Saba (pictured), business director at Brightwork, said, “When we started looking into the Scottish Business Pledge we found we already far exceeded the minimum standards required.

“The more we publicise Brightwork’s day-to-day commitment to building a brighter future for all Scotland’s workers, the more we hope to inspire other businesses to do whatever they can to have a positive impact with their practices.”

Brightwork was one of the early adopters of the Living Wage in its sector and has been encouraging clients to follow its example in paying all candidates the Living Wage, even going so far as to offer reductions in recruitment fees to offset the cost to businesses.

The company is also a member of both the Movement to Work initiative and the Modern Apprenticeship Scheme, both of which are aimed at reducing youth unemployment. Over the past ten years, more than 22% of its workforce started out as apprentices.

Saba added, “We have tried to provide a gender balance at every level, from our two boards, to the shop floor, and facilitate regular, open communication.

“I’m proud that our approach is reflected in our staff turnover, which is only a quarter of the industry average. More than anything, that reflects what other businesses can achieve if they try.”

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