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Fair Employer Charter launched in Sheffield

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Private, public and third-sector organisations from across Sheffield gathered last Friday for the launch of the city’s Fair Employer Charter.

The first initiative of its kind in the country to have been led by businesses, the Fair Employer Charter consists of a series of pledges around working culture and conditions.

More than 25 organisations have already signed up to the Charter, which was developed by manufacturer Gripple, the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Our Fair City campaign.

The launch, at Gripple’s Old West Gun Works site, featured representatives from the likes of The University of Sheffield, BirchenallHowden, AAG Systems, and Sheffield Citizens Advice.

Sharon Squires, Director at Sheffield First and Our Fair City Champion, said:

It was great to see so many well-known Sheffield employers come together for the launch of this positive, forward-thinking Charter.

Unlike previous efforts elsewhere, Sheffield’s Fair Employer Charter has been driven by the private sector and is geared towards achieving practical aims that help businesses reach their own goals .

Now that the Charter has been officially launched, we hope that more organisations will come on board and help us in our bid to make Sheffield fairer.

Hugh Facey MBE, founder and chairman of employee-owned manufacturer Gripple, said:

I am really passionate about the Fair Employer Charter and would urge firms across Sheffield to sign up to it.

Gripple is a great example of how building an open working environment, investing in staff and treating people with trust can motivate them in ways that deliver better business results.

The measures in the Charter are what all Sheffield employers should be adopting as minimum requirements – we can all do more to make Sheffield the fairest city in the UK.

Organisations large and small can sign up to the Fair Employer Charter online at

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