The University of Edinburgh has become the first university to sign up to a new voluntary code for employers to commit to the best of modern business practices.
The Scottish Business Pledge is a partnership between the Scottish Government and employers to commit to fair and progressive policies that boost productivity, recognise fairness and increase diversity.
The Pledge acknowledges the University’s commitment to excellence in its business operations.
I’m delighted that the University of Edinburgh has become the first university to make the pledge. As one of Scotland’s top universities with a worldwide reputation as a leading centre of learning and research which is driven by the staff, this sends a strong signal to the sector about the value of fair and progressive business policies.
In keeping with the Pledge’s nine components, the University pays the Living Wage to all employees over 18, has no staff on zero hour contracts, and it engages proactively with its workforce and trade union representatives.
The University invests in youth, the community and innovation. It has a strong international focus with a network of offices in China, India, Latin America and North America.
The University is committed to gender balance through Athena Swan awards.
We’re delighted to be the first University to sign up to this excellent initiative. It demonstrates our commitment to our staff in ensuring that we are a fair and caring employer. The values behind the Scottish Business Pledge chime closely with our own. Dignity, respect, equality and diversity within the University environment are central to our ethos.