Signing the charter commits signatories to recognising trade unions, using local labour and supply chains, and giving staff opportunities to progress and thrive – especially those from underrepresented groups.
The charter encourages businesses to pay staff a Real Living Wage, provide mental health support, and encourage flexible working.
Signing the charter reaffirms Career Connect’s ongoing commitment to inclusivity and diversity, being a fair employer and creating a great place to work for all.
Career Connect is already an accredited Real Living Wage employer, a Disability Confident Leader, and has been recognised as one of the Top 50 Most Inclusive Workplaces with the National Centre for Diversity.
The accreditation process for the Mayor’s Fair Employment Charter has been designed so that employers can progress through levels – Aspiring, Accredited and Ambassador – enabling them to show that they are working towards being a fair employer; becoming a fair employer, being a fair employer, and then having exemplary practice in fair employment.
The intention is to identify fair employment practices where they exist and celebrate them accordingly, and to build the broader movement of employers so that fair employment practices become even more of a norm within the city region.
Others signed up to the pledge include Everton Football Club, Liverpool John Moores University and local councils.
Danielle Kneale, Director of HR at Career Connect said: “As a charity that is committed to empowering people into employment or education that is right for them, it is only right that we are also one of the first in the Liverpool City Region to sign the Mayor’s Fair Employment Charter.
“It is vital that people have employment conditions that allow them to thrive, to balance their life and work commitments, and that ensure they feel valued.
“With the current cost of living crisis, it is even more important to back the Mayor’s Fair Employment Charter, and we look forward to working through the programme to reach Ambassador level.”
Mayor Rotheram developed the charter in partnership with more than 300 local employers of all sizes, local trade unions and with workers themselves. It has the backing of the national trade union body, the TUC, which represents around 5.5 million workers across the country.