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The Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter is proud to announce nine new Members of the Charter. These employers have achieved membership status through their commitment to putting Good Employment into action and being exemplars of employment excellence, even through these challenging times.

The new Members of the Charter represent a varied range of employers across Greater Manchester, highlighting the Charter’s engagement across the private, public and third sectors.


The employers to go from Supporters to Members of the Charter are:


Maria Cearns, Managing Director, Customer and People at The Co-operative Bank said: “The Co-operative Bank is delighted to be the first financial services organisation to gain membership status of the GM Good Employment Charter. Our Bank was built on co-operative values and ethics over 145 years ago and these same values continue to be at the heart of everything we do and shape how we do business.

As a proud Manchester based employer with our Head Office situated in Central Manchester, becoming a member of the GM Good Employment Charter demonstrates our continued commitment to our colleagues and customers, and the communities in which they live and work. We look forward to working co-operatively with other members and supporting organisations to implement higher employment standards, making Manchester an area of employment excellence and fairer place to work for all.”


Chris Dabbs, Chief Executive at Unlimited Potential said: “As a social enterprise and a co-operative, it is critical how Unlimited Potential treats all the people who work with us. It is about doing the right things, as well as doing things right. We are proud to achieve membership of the GM Good Employment Charter, and hope that it contributes to making Greater Manchester a better and fairer place for all workers.”


Kerry Tanfield, HR Director at William Hare said: "As a family-run business with a proud heritage, we are delighted to be joining another family of great organisations, all of whom prioritise excellent employment standards within their sectors across Greater Manchester. We are committed to the Charter’s 7 Good Employment Characteristics, which align with our own values and purpose, and reinforce our status as a Top 100 Employer, which we received as a result of our award-winning apprenticeship scheme for young people.

Membership of the Charter will enable us to enhance the collaborative work we do, allowing us to work alongside other organisations within the Network, sharing innovative ideas and good practices to support one another in the spirit of continuous growth, with the help of a productive, engaged and healthy workforce."


Carrie Westwell, Director of People and Culture at Peel L&P said: “We’re pleased to be continuing our partnership with the Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter and feel privileged to now be recognised as a Member due to our commitment to employment excellence in line with the Charter’s seven characteristics of good employment.

Our commitment to employee voice was highlighted through our Best Company status and our commitment to the Living Wage. As a Best Company, we take feedback from our teams, listen and deliver change. Our membership will benefit both existing and future employees and is another benchmark to demonstrate that we are a responsible and valued employer across the region.”


The Membership tier was launched back in January 2020, when the first six Members were announced by the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham. Below is a video from the Mayor, celebrating the achievement of these new Members.