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Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility

The Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility aims to boost the local economy through support to the local supply chain, creation of job opportunities and ensuring employees are paid a fair wage.


What is the Charter?

The Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility is a set of guiding principles to which Birmingham City Council (BCC) will adhere to and to which it invites its contracted suppliers, the wider business community, other public sector bodies (including schools) and third sector organisations (including grant recipients) to adopt.

The principles of the charter are:

•    Local Employment
•    Buy Birmingham First
•    Partners in Communities
•    Good Employer
•    Green and Sustainable
•    Ethical Procurement


Charter signatories will need to consider and describe how they can improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of Birmingham and its citizens. For full details of the principles, please select the next tab to download the Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility.




How can my organisation sign up?

Whether you are a Birmingham City Council contracted supplier or not, you can join the companies and organisations that have already adopted the Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility. If you wish to do so, please use the following tabs to download the Charter and contact the team.

If you want to sign up to the Charter and are a Birmingham City Council contracted supplier, you will be expected to agree to an amendment to your existing contract(s) that will commit you to delivering the principles.

More information can also be found on the Birmingham City Council website.

Download the Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility


This Charter is a set of guiding principles which Birmingham City Council will adhere to and to which it invites its contracted suppliers, the wider business community, other public sector bodies (including schools), and third sector organisations (including grant recipients), to adopt.

Birmingham City Council’s future commissioning and contracting decisions will take account of the principles of the charter and it will be included in the terms and conditions of new contracts, and Conditions of Grant Aid (COGA).

Contracts and grants below £200,000 per annum have aspects of the Charter that are mandatory and aspects that are voluntary. For organisations with individual contracts and grants over £200,000 per annum, or aggregated values over £500,000, all the principles and policies of the Charter will be mandatory.







Please use the link to download a full version of the Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility.


The Charter is provided in PDF format. If you need to, you can download and install Adobe’s free PDF Reader software.


Download the Charter


You can also download an editable Action Plan template and an Annual Reporting form.

Please use the next tab to download the accompanying Guidance Notes for adopting the Charter.

Download the Charter Guidance Notes


Please use the link to download the Guidance Notes that accompany the Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility.

The notes provide helpful advice for implementing the principles of the Charter.

The Guidance Notes are provided in PDF format. If you need to, you can download and install Adobe’s free PDF Reader software.

Please use the next tab to contact Birmingham City Council and begin the process of adopting the Charter.




Download Charter Guidance Notes

Adopt the Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility


Birmingham City Council encourages all businesses and organisations based within the city to adopt the principles of the Charter.

In some cases, adopting the Charter is a requirement of specific contracts or grants. In all cases, adopting the Charter is a visible and recognisable sign of your organisation’s commitment to the local economy and its communities.

Please use the previous tabs to download the Charter and the accompanying Guidance Notes, then contact the team at Birmingham City Council to confirm that your organisation will sign or commit to the principles of the Charter.



Contact the team


Please visit the next tab to see all of the organisations that have already committed themselves to the Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility.

Signatories to the Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility


The following organisations have signed the Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility.

To join the signatories, please use the preceding tabs to download the Charter and the Guidance Notes, before contacting the team at Birmingham City Council to confirm your adoption.

Organisation Name

Certificate Number

Approved Date

Gold starAmey LG Limited
001
11/02/2014
Gold starKPMG LLP
002
11/02/2014
Gold starMytime Active
003
11/02/2014
Gold starBeeline Promotional Products004
11/02/2014
Gold starPertemps Network Group005
11/02/2014
Gold starRevolver Co-operative Ltd006
11/02/2014
Gold starVenn Group007
11/02/2014
Gold starFawkes & Reece008
11/02/2014
Gold starChapple & Jenkins Ltd009
11/02/2014
Gold starVendaid Limited010
11/02/2014
Gold starAltodigital Limited011
11/02/2014
Gold starFirst Personnel Services PLC012
11/02/2014
Gold starSwitch013
11/02/2014
Gold starSkips Educational Limited014
11/02/2014
Gold starWillmott Dixon Partnership015
11/02/2014
Gold starProbrand Ltd016
11/02/2014
Gold starDennis Eagle Limited017
11/02/2014
Gold starAlford Burton & Company Ltd01803/04/2014
Gold starFiremark Limited01903/04/2014
Gold starPelican Procurement Services Ltd02003/04/2014
Gold starPK Education02103/04/2014
Gold starVMI Limited02203/04/2014
Gold starEC Harris LLP02303/04/2014
Gold starTheo’s Food Company Ltd02403/04/2014


Committed to the Principles of the Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility


The following organisations have committed themselves to principles of the Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility.

To join these organisations, please use the preceding tabs to download the Charter and the Guidance Notes, before contacting the team at Birmingham City Council to confirm your adoption.

Organisation Name


Application Date

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Challenge

Please contact the Charter team if you would like to challenge a signatory’s status.

Where organisations’ behaviour is not compliant with the principles of the Charter, contact is made with the signatory and they are encouraged to enter into a dialogue with the complainant who has raised the issue.

If this is inappropriate or unsuccessful, Birmingham City Council is happy to speak to both parties and support their efforts.


Frequently Asked Questions


Why do we need the Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility?


The Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility aims to boost the local economy through support to the local supply chain, creation of job opportunities and ensuring employees are paid a fair wage.


Who can sign the Charter?


Any business or organisation regardless of size can sign up to the Charter.


What do I need to do to implement the Charter?


Download the Charter and the accompanying Guidance Notes on FinditinBirmingham, to find out what you need to do to become a signatory. Then contact the team at Birmingham City Council to confirm that your organisation will sign or commit to the principles of the Charter.



Do I have to sign up to all of the principles?

Contracts and grants below £200,000 per annum have aspects of the Charter that are mandatory and aspects that are voluntary. For organisations with individual contracts and grants over £200,000 per annum, or aggregated values over £500,000, all the principles and policies of the Charter will be mandatory.

Can I challenge a signatory?

If you wish to challenge a signatory for not complying with the Charter principles, please go to the Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility pages on FinditinBirmingham, click on the Challenge tab and contact the team.

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