Caithness Chamber signs up to Scottish Business Pledge
Published 14 Aug 2015Caithness Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce that it has signed up to the Scottish Business Pledge, demonstrating its commitment to upholding the best in modern business practices and the principles of fairness, equality, opportunity and innovation.
Trudy Morris, chief executive of Caithness Chamber of Commerce, said: “We welcome the Scottish Government’s recognition that businesses play an integral part in making Scotland a fairer, wealthier and more forward-looking nation, and were delighted to make the pledge to uphold these key values.
“As an organisation, we share all of the values contained in the pledge and recognise the need to promote greater moves towards them. However, we would note that the success of the pledge will be dependent on Scottish Government support for those businesses that currently fall short of meeting its criteria.
“In particular, with regards to the core commitment in the pledge to pay the Living Wage, some businesses which are currently meeting their legal requirements to pay the minimum wage cannot afford to pay the higher Living Wage to all staff.
“We therefore welcome the voluntary nature of the pledge as this is not the time for intervention which could result in an increase in business costs, affecting competitiveness and potentially reducing, rather than increasing, employment.
“We would also caution that failure to sign up should not be recognised as a lack of commitment on the part of businesses, but rather an indication that they may need support from Scottish Government in order to fully meet the values contained in the pledge.”
The Scottish Business Pledge has nine key 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
- Committing to an innovation programme
- Pursuing international business opportunities
- Playing an active role in the community
- Committing to prompt payment