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There’s a whole range of support available to help Scottish businesses improve their productivity, competitiveness, skills and leadership by adopting best practices and progressive policies.
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Is the pledge open to all businesses in Scotland?
Yes, absolutely. While we recognise that certain elements may be more relevant to some than others, we want all businesses to come on this journey with us.
Is the pledge obligatory?
No, the Scottish Business Pledge is entirely voluntary, but we hope that as many businesses as possible will recognise the benefits of making a Pledge.
Does a business have to sign up to the Scottish Business Pledge in order to get business support or bid for public procurement contracts?
Can I select which two additional elements I need to meet in order to make a Business Pledge?
Yes, the only core requirement for making your pledge is paying the Living Wage. You can choose any two – or more – of the remaining eight elements you wish in order to make your Scottish Business Pledge. We ask you to commit to achieving the rest over time.
What happens if not all of the elements fit with my business strategy?
The Scottish Business Pledge has been specifically designed to recognise that meeting all elements will take time and that companies will arrive at the point of meeting all criteria in different timescales. What’s important is that all Pledge elements are embraced and that there is a commitment to make changes, even if they are long term.
How can the Scottish Government support my Business Pledge?
The Scottish Government, and partners such as Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Skills Development Scotland, are keen to work with you and support you to sign up to the pledge. We see the Scottish Business Pledge as the start or continuation of a conversation with you. Get in touch and we will work in partnership to devise how we can best do this.
Where can I find additional support to help my business deliver on the elements and agree a Business Pledge?
If you still can’t find the answer you need, or want to reach out to one of our partner organisations with a more specific question, use the form below.