A new charter that aims to promote local jobs, a living wage for workers and the end of zero hour contracts has been given the go-ahead

Companies in the city are being encouraged to adopt The Business Charter, which aims to promote the creation of employment and training opportunities for local residents, including those with disabilities. It will get businesses working with schools to support learning and career opportunities for local children.

The Charter supports the idea of companies buying and employing locally first. This will get more local people into jobs, more money will be spent in Nottingham – which would increase economic growth and prosperity, and continue to boost the city’s international reputation.

The charter is also encouraging companies to reduce the environmental footprint by adopting the ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ philosophy.

It identifies the actions and activities that the authority and its contracted suppliers will deliver. This will bring economic growth and prosperity, and continue to boost the city’s international reputation.

The charter has a series of principles to adopt, including:

  • Support the growth of the local economy
  • Be a good employer
  • Be fair and transparent
  • Be environmentally-responsible

Anyone signed up to the Charter will be encouraged to:

  • Take an active part in improving the economic, social and environmental well-being of Nottingham
  • Identify outcomes through their commissioning and procurement
  • Commit to the principles as soon as is practically possible to do so

The Business Charter has been given the go-ahead by the City Council’s Executive Board. The council has already adopted the principles of the charter and is encouraging the wider business community to adopt them too.

Councillor Nick McDonald, Portfolio Holder for Jobs, Growth and Transport at Nottingham City Council, said “This Business Charter signals a commitment to a new way of working that maximises Nottingham’s potential and ensures that we work together to improve the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of Nottingham.

“We, at Nottingham City Council, have already adopted these principles and are calling on other local businesses to commit to them too. As a city we can really do some good and help to support our economy and local people.

“We want to work with local companies and local people. This Business Charter will help increase employment opportunities for Nottingham people, stop zero-hour contracts and make sure Nottingham people receive the living wage.”

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