Celebrating one year of the Scottish Business Pledge

03 June 2016

Cabinet Secretary for the Economy Keith Brown “My appointment as a dedicated Cabinet Secretary for the Economy should send a clear signal of this Government’s focus on stimulating growth, protecting and creating jobs and promoting Scotland as a great place to do business. We will listen carefully to businesses and search for constructive ideas about how they can support economic growth.

“The response to the Business Pledge, Living Wage Accreditation and the work of the Fair Work Convention are proof positive that many dynamic and responsible businesses across Scotland share our ambition.

“I am happy to be here today to mark the first anniversary of the initiative and to confirm the 250th business to make a commitment to the Pledge, from URBN Fitness based here in Edinburgh.

“The Pledge remains focused on boosting business success, growth and productivity and is an important part of this government’s approach to working with business to make Scotland a more productive and fairer country. I would urge you all to revisit the website and read about what Pledge companies have already achieved.”

The Scottish Business Pledge is a voluntary code with nine components:

  • paying the living wage
  • not using exploitative zero hours contracts
  • supporting progressive workforce engagement
  • investing in youth
  • making progress on diversity and gender balance
  • pursuing international business opportunities
  • playing an active role in the community
  • commitment to prompt payment
  • committing to an innovative programme.