Recognising and celebrating the positive impacts of fair work

Businesses across Calderdale are being encouraged to sign up to the West Yorkshire Fair Work Charter.

The West Yorkshire Fair Work Charter is an ambitious new initiative aimed at encouraging businesses in the West Yorkshire region to adopt fair work practices.

Fair work means good pay, fair and flexible working conditions, as well as greater wellbeing, diversity and social mobility within the workplace. It has been designed for organisations of all sizes and across all sectors, to promote and recognise the positive impact of fair work on businesses and their people.

Calderdale Council is one of over 40 businesses and organisations who have already signed up as an early adopter of the initiative. Signing the charter means that the Council is committed to meaningful action across five categories of “Fair Work”, to help build a thriving economy that provides better pay, conditions and opportunities for all.

Organisations in Calderdale are encouraged to register their interest at link). Following completion of a self-assessment questionnaire, the Combined Authority will check eligibility and offer support or advice if there are additional steps that could be taken.

Once certified, ongoing support is available to further develop and embed fair work across the organisation. Certification also means that businesses will be part of a growing peer network, all committed to fair work.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Towns, Tourism and Voluntary Sector, Cllr Sarah Courtney, said:

“We believe that many businesses across our borough are already meeting some or all of the standards within the West Yorkshire Fair Work Charter. To ensure these efforts are recognised, we’re encouraging employers to register their interest in the charter, to make their pledge official and access the available support to help turn a good business into a great one.

“The principles of fair work don’t just benefit the individual, they make organisations better places for everyone and also bring benefits to wider communities and to the local economy. I’m proud of our commitment to the charter and encourage others to join us in promoting the positive impact of fair work on businesses and their people.”

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, said:

“West Yorkshire is leading the way by championing business and setting workplace standards to ensure hard work always pays.

“I’m delighted that partners like Calderdale Council have joined our Fair Work Charter.

“Together, we’re building a stronger, brighter West Yorkshire that works for all, and I’d encourage employers across our region to be a part of this movement.”

To find out more and how you can become part of the Fair Work Charter contact or visit link)

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