15th March 2023
Plus Dane Housing has been recognised as a good employer following its successful application to be included in Mayor Steve Rotheram’s Fair Employment Charter.
Inclusion in the charter follows an intensive application process which looked at the housing associations social purpose, people practices, policies, procedures and equality, diversity and inclusion commitments. The success comes just a week after Plus Dane published its EDI action plan, on International Women’s Day on 8 March.
The Mayor’s Fair Employment Charter encourages businesses to pay staff a real living wage, provide mental health support, encourage flexible working and engage with trade unions.
Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotheram, said: “Being properly paid for the work you do in decent, safe conditions should be the absolute minimum any of us expect when we go to work. Developed in partnership with workers, businesses and our trade unions, my Fair Employment Charter wants to guarantee it.
“The Charter is about shining a light and promoting good employers who do the right thing – and we know that there are plenty of them in our region. I want our area to be known as the best place in the country to live, work or run a business – and the more businesses we can encourage to join us on this journey, the faster we can make that ambition a reality.”
Mike Jones, Policy and Process Manager for Plus Dane, said: “We are committed to being a welcoming, inclusive employer, and a social landlord who works with our communities to ensure everyone can thrive. We are really proud to be included in the Charter and it acts as a foundation towards us working towards becoming a truly diverse and inclusive housing association.”
Plus Dane met the standards of the initiative at Aspiring level, which aims to reward, highlight, and acknowledge good employers in the Liverpool City Region. The Charter celebrates fair employment practices and inspires companies to drive-up their standards. Signing the charter commits companies to recognising trade unions, using local labour and supply chains, and giving staff opportunities to progress and thrive – especially those from underrepresented groups.
There are three levels of membership; Aspiring, Accredited and Ambassador.
Charter status highlights to current and potential new employees, customers and partners that Plus Dane is committed to making the housing association widely recognised as an employer of choice, delivering its social purpose and playing its part in building a healthy, fair, inclusive, and socially-just Liverpool City Region.