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The city region’s Good Employment Charter helps employers to grow and succeed through improved employment standards by encouraging and supporting employers to develop good jobs and deliver opportunities for people to progress. With the Charter, employers can support the health, development and resilience of their workforce whilst experiencing the business benefits that come alongside this.

Signing up as a Supporter of the Charter allows employers to join the Supporters’ Network to share good employment practices with and learn from other employers in Greater Manchester. There are webinars and events designed to educate, engage and inspire employers, with expert speakers covering topics across all the characteristics of good employment. As Supporters, employers get access to a growing host of resources, signposting to information and support services helping to improve employment practices across all characteristics.

By becoming a Supporter of Charter employers are making an outward, visible commitment to better the lives of employees in their organisation and across the city region, placing employers in the forefront of the good employment movement. Engaging with the Charter and improving employment standards will benefit employers with better employee retention and satisfaction, and other ensuing business benefits of such practice.

To date, over 200 employers have reached out to the Charter Implementation Unit, wanting to get involved. There are 15 Members of the Charter and over 100 employers that have signed up as Supporters, covering more than 200,000 employees within those organisations (information as of September 2020). Visit each page for a full list of Members and Supporters.

Any organisation that is based in Greater Manchester and is an employer can join the Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter. This includes businesses, public sector bodies, service providers, the third sector, and voluntary and community organisations.

Employers of any size or sector can become a Supporter of the Charter by making the Supporter Commitment to good employment. To make the commitment, Employers sign up as a Supporter of the Charter by filling out the Registration Form outlining their progress toward, success with, and plans to improve practice across our seven good employment characteristics. All documents need can be found on the Key Documents page. The completed registration form can be submitted to contact@gmgoodemploymentcharter.co.uk. Employers will then be approved by the Charter Implementation Unit and officially become Supporters of the Charter.

There are three membership tiers: Supporters, Members and Advocates. To get involved, all employers begin their journey as a Supporter. Learn more about The Charter Tiers or about the process and how to Get Involved.

Employers that are signed up to the Charter as Supporters can provide evidence to the Charter Implementation Unit that they meet the Membership Criteria in all seven characteristics of good employment. This document, along with other information can be found on the Key Documents page. The Charter Implementation Unit will work closely with Employers that meet the criteria and new Members will be put forward for consideration quarterly.

If you are a Supporter of the Charter that meets the membership criteria, please collect all evidence and get in contact with the Charter Implementation Unit at contact@gmgoodemploymentcharter.co.uk

Employers who register to become a Supporter will be subject to reviews of their progress, where they will be required to demonstrate how they are working towards, and achieving, improved employment practice. This review will be ongoing, conducted in annual reviews for all Supporters and Members. There will also be some elements of self-assessment.

Yes, employers involved in the development of the Charter made it clear that payment would be a barrier to involvement given it is a voluntary membership and assessment scheme – the Charter is therefore funded by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and EU Commission to make involvement with the Charter free for employers.

The Charter delivers fully funded events and networking opportunities. Additionally, the Charter is signposting to resources and support services that are fully-funded as well as paid depending on the level and type of support employers are looking for. All partners and providers the Charter engages with support the aim of good employment in Greater Manchester.

We recognise that some organisations, particularly smaller employers or SMEs, might need additional support to achieve the characteristics of the Charter. Organisations will therefore be assessed on a case by case basis, to ensure none are unfairly excluded from Charter involvement.

Any employers who have employees in Greater Manchester will be able to sign up to the Charter. While some employers may not be able to meet Charter membership criteria in Greater Manchester which standards are different or higher than the location where they are based, they are still invited to become Supporters and improve practice across all characteristics.

The Charter’s aim is to improve employment standards in Greater Manchester across all employers regardless of size, sector or location; this is an inclusive movement, and with that we are looking to work with and support any employer striving to raise their standards. All employers willing to do so are invited to sign up as Supporters, but only employers with excellent practice across all characteristics of good employment will be able to become Members. 

The GM Good Employment Charter is driven to develop diverse, equal and truly inclusive working conditions across Greater Manchester. By promoting the benefits of equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace, we aim to support employers to create workplaces that embrace our seven characteristics of good employment in ways that ensure fair pay, opportunity and progression to all. These issues are central to the fulfilment of ‘Good Employment’.

Having diversity/equality as a characteristic was raised early in the consultation process when developing the Charter, but it was decided that diversity and equality should be a key part of all the characteristics, rather than put in its own box. During the working conference in November 2019, delegates dedicated a round of workshops to considering different diversity/equality issues in the context of each characteristic, to take these into account when setting membership criteria. Diversity/equality is woven into all of the characteristics of good employment.

We appreciate that there are a number of existing employment standards and accreditations that deal with a wide range of employment characteristics. It is not the intention of the Charter to replace these or duplicate processes, rather employers will be able to use other standards and accreditations to show they are achieving excellent practice across the Charter’s characteristics.

We have been in regular contact with other local Charters, such as the Salford City Mayor’s Employment Charter, as well as other places developing similar Charters or pledges, including Liverpool City Region, London, North of Tyne, and the Scottish Government. Additionally, The Convention of the North set an ambition to develop Charters across the North. While these Charters will need to be developed from the bottom-up, regional and national employers would find consistency helpful. We will therefore keep working with other places on their Charters to keep consistency and find mutual recognition where possible.

The GMCA is made up of the ten Greater Manchester councils and the Mayor, who work with local services, businesses, communities and other partners to improve the city region.

The ten councils (Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan) have worked together voluntarily for many years on issues that affect everyone in the region, like transport, regeneration, and attracting investment.

Supporters will be able to access network resources for employers and attend webinars and events where they can learn, exchange good practice with other employers. The information resources will grow over time providing sign-posting to standards, support services across Greater Manchester as well as links to external events and training courses.

You can also get in touch with us at contact@gmgoodemploymentcharter.co.uk

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