GCU signs Scottish Business Pledge to support fair and sustainable policies

09 November 2015

GCU signs Scottish Business Pledge to support fair and sustainable policies

GCU is a Living Wage employer

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) has signed the Scottish Business Pledge, a voluntary code established by the Scottish Government that supports fair and sustainable policies to boost productivity and increase diversity.

Made up of nine components, signatories must be Living Wage-accredited, delivering on at least two Pledge elements and committed to achieving the remainder over time.

The nine Scottish Business Pledge components are:

  • 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;
  • Committing to prompt payment; and
  • Committing to an innovative programme.

In considering its submission, GCU’s position as a Living Wage-accredited employer with no employees on zero hours contracts was noted, along with innovative approaches such as UHatch, the opening of campuses in London and New York, staff engagement and development policies, and high levels of staff volunteering in the community.

As the University for the Common Good, GCU recognises in the Scottish Business Pledge a shared commitment to the promotion of fairness, equality and sustainable growth.

Director of People at GCU, Alex Killick, said: “As the first Scottish university to become an accredited Living Wage employer, signing this pledge is a natural step for us.

“We want our students and staff and the wider community to know that we are serious about being a good business – a business for the common good.”