Fair pay & benefits
Responsible Business Week (23-27 April 2018) is an annual awareness campaign which celebrates the brighter side of business by sharing great responsible business success stories.
Penrose Care are a small privately-owned business in the home care sector. The founders established Penrose Care as a Living Wage employer from the outset as well as providing other benefits. Service users are overwhelmingly positive about the care they receive, and the business has had no care worker voluntary leavers since it was founded. Penrose Care also has negligible levels of sickness absence and has been able to recruit staff without actively advertising.
Co-op, the consumer cooperative, had excellent staff engagment but rising absence rates and a higher-than-average staff turnover suggested they could do more to address employee wellbeing. They identified financial wellbeing as an area where they could make a significant difference to colleagues’ lives. Co-op repackaged existing benefits and information to increase take-up and are introducing new services for colleagues in 2018.
Providing the quality service expected by the billion passengers using the London Underground every year, relies on a skilled and motivated workforce working effectively and efficiently.
KPMG in the UK is part of KPMG Europe LLP - the largest integrated accounting firm in Europe, and a leading provider of professional services. KPMG in the UK has over 11,000 partners and staff working in 23 offices and is part of a strong global network of member firms. Its vision is to turn knowledge into value for the benefit of its clients, people and capital markets. KPMG is a principal partner of the Living Wage Foundation and was one of the first organisations to become an Accredited Living Wage Employer; pushing the strategic facilities management message into the heart of its own organisation and the wider business community.
Coffee retailer Starbucks stores primarily operate in large cities where they found their employees were struggling with high living costs. To help address this Starbucks launched its Home Sweet Loan. The benefits for Starbucks talent is beginning to emerge with an increased retention rate for those who have taken up the loan.
High street retailer Oliver Bonas introduced the Living Wage in September 2015. In the following six months staff retention increased, there was a small decline in sickness and absence rates and it has been easier to attract good quality employees. The move has also improved the company brand among customers leading to increased sales.