Sign up to the pledge

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Graeme Dey, the MSP for Angus South, has urged local businesses to sign up to the Scottish Business Pledge. The Pledge, launched last month by the First Minister, has nine components: 1. Paying the living wage; 2. Not using exploitative zero hours contracts; 3. Supporting progressive workforce engagement; 4. Investing in youth; 5. Making progress on diversity and gender balance; 6. Committing to an innovation programme; 7. Pursuing international business opportunities; 8. Playing an active role in the community; 9. Committing to prompt payment.

Firms which sign up to the voluntary commitment agree to the following: Meeting the core element of paying the living wage; Fulfilling any two other Pledge elements when they sign up; A longer term commitment to all nine components.

Mr Dey commented: “Fulfilling these commitments can deliver sound business results, such as paying the living wage leading to a more committed and loyal workforce, and prompt payments securing your supply chain.

“I would urge firms operating in Angus South to look at signing up to the Scottish Business Pledge and,

if they feel it is needed, take advantage of the assistance that is on offer

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