Leading trade body promotes Scottish Business Pledge to members.
Business minister Fergus Ewing has attended a board meeting in Inverness to thank the Civil Engineering Contractors Association Scotland (CECA) on making the Scottish Business Pledge.
With 100 members across Scotland, CECA represents firms who together carry out around 70 per cent of all civil engineering activity in the UK - focusing on the key sectors of transport, energy, communications, waste and water.
The Scottish Business Pledge is a partnership between Government and business to improve productivity, workforce engagement, enshrine fairness and generate the kind of inclusive growth that benefits both business and society.
Mr Ewing said:
"Visiting Inverness today, I am pleased to personally congratulate the members of CECA Scotland's board on their decision to make the Scottish Business Pledge.
"As Scotland's leading representative organisation in civil engineering, their choice to make the pledge sends a strong signal to the entire sector about the value of fair and progressive business policies that not only benefit employees, but help companies to realise their ambitions, develop new markets, pursue innovation and, ultimately, to flourish and grow."
Alan Watt, Chief Executive of CECA Scotland, said:
"We have 100 members across Scotland, ranging from SMEs (small and medium sized enterprises) which play a vital role in their local communities to international companies. The Scottish Business Pledge offers a great way of acknowledging some of the significant work that is already underway and also identifying and encouraging opportunities for firms to develop."
Scottish Business Pledge has nine components: paying the living wage; not using exploitative zero hours contracts; supporting progressive workforce engagement; investing in youth; making progress on diversity and gender balance; pursuing international business opportunities; playing an active role in the community; commitment to prompt payment; committing to an innovative programme.
More information about the Scottish Business Pledge is available here.
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