To become accredited, and join the Good Employer Network, interested organisations need to meet the Good Employer Charter
The Charter represents practical ways by which Croydon businesses can contribute to creating a strong local economy.
The Charter aims to encourage employers to pay a fair wage.
Accredited organisations are required to pay their staff the London Living Wage - a voluntary hourly rate set independently and updated annually by the Living Wage Foundation - and give consideration to other fair wage practices, such as eradicating modern slavery from supply chains and reducing the gender pay gap. To meet the criteria for the Pay Fair pillar, your organisation will need to:
Not currently paying the London Living Wage but would like to become GEC accredited? We operate a 12-month grace period where your organisation commits to paying all direct staff the London Living Wage within 12 months of gaining GEC accreditation. Croydon Council and the Living Wage Foundation will work in partnership with interested organisations and support them through the steps to become an accredited Living Wage Employer. For more information about the Living Wage and to become an accredited Living Wage Employer, please visit the Living Wage Foundation website.
The Charter seeks to create sustainable local employment and training opportunities in Croydon.
Accredited organisations are required to use Croydon Works to promote and recruit to vacancies - Croydon Council's free-to-use professional recruitment service which links employers to high quality, job-ready potential employees. To meet the criteria for the Employ Croydon pillar, your organisation will need to:
Croydon Works will work in partnership with GEC members to provide free recruitment support including placing and promoting vacancies with Croydon Works, assessing immediate and/or future recruitment needs and creating new apprenticeship or traineeship placement opportunities. For more information about Croydon Works, please visit the Croydon Works website.
Our award-winning apprenticeship scheme is a programme made up of activities, events and training to help our apprentices grow.
Want to join? Simply visit Croydon Works.
No matter your age, background or previous level of experience, we offer a range of opportunities and qualifications to help you get the skills and knowledge you need. You can earn while you learn and get paid a competitive salary - and your training is free. Apprenticeships are also a great way to get back into the workplace after a career break, or to re-train in a new area.
‘Our apprentices are ambassadors for the council as well as our Choose Your Future campaign, supporting other young people to make positive choices and access to opportunities. We’re really proud of our apprentices and the work they do’
If you’d like more information, please email email@example.com.
The Charter seeks to support Croydon's small businesses and promote local supply chain opportunities.
Accredited organisations are required to seek quotes and use Croydon suppliers where possible. To meet the criteria for the Buy Croydon pillar, your organisation will need to:
Buy Croydon is supported by Value Croydon which aims to build buyer-supplier relationships, provide commissioning and procurement support and ensure business opportunities are visible and accessible to the local market. For more information about Value Croydon, please visit the Value Croydon website.
The Charter encourages businesses to implement best practice in fairness, equality and sustainability throughout their business practices.
Accredited organisations are required to commit to continuous improvement across the fields of equality and diversity, staff wellbeing and development and/or environmental sustainability. To meet the criteria for the Be Best pillar, your organisation will need to:
A library of initiatives and resources of potential schemes you could implement and quote on your application form can be found here.
The application of the Charter principles will be unique to each member organisation and should be relevant and proportionate to the size of the business and sector they operate in. The ambition of the charter is to recognise that by embracing the network's principles, defining what they mean to the organisation and incorporating appropriate policies and practices to reflect them in the day-to-day operations, any business (no matter how big or small) can become a better employer and contribute to strengthening the local economy.
Our Good Employer Croydon Network mission is to build a network of Good Employers that do business responsibly, enabling both our employers and employees to benefit as our economy grows. Our work will support the success of the local economy through using local supply chains, creating local job opportunities, ensuring employees are paid a fair wage and promoting best practice in equality and diversity, staff wellbeing and development and environmental sustainability. Through our efforts we will change the lives of Croydon’s citizens and shape the identity of our borough, making it a place that thrives for its people.
A dynamic, diverse and inclusive Croydon economy, harnessing everyone’s creativity and potential to ensure long term sustainable growth and good work that benefits all.