As at 25 April 2018, 472 businesses had signed up to the Business Pledge – representing 0.3% of the Scotland’s registered business base. The table below shows the number and share of businesses signing up to each of the nine pledge elements.
|Pledge Element||Businesses||% Share|
|Paying the living wage||472||100%|
|Not using exploitative zero hours contracts||472||100%|
|Pursuing international business opportunities||388||82.2%|
|Playing an active role in the community||378||80.1%|
|Investing in Youth||373||79.0%|
|Committing to an innovation program||370||78.4%|
|Committing to prompt payment||364||77.1%|
|Supporting progressive workforce engagement||331||70.1%|
|Making progress on diversity and gender balance||171||36.2%|
As shown in the chart below, 71 businesses (15%) are already fulfilling all nine elements with the remaining 401 businesses working towards this. Note that overall 402 business (85%) are already fulfilling at least six of the nine elements.
To find out more about the signatory businesses, we have matched the 472 signatory businesses to the Inter-Department Business Register (IDBR). The IDBR is a database of all businesses that are VAT and/or PAYE registered. It was possible to match 425 of the 472 signatory businesses to the IDBR extract from March 2017. An IDBR match could not be found for 47 of the 472 businesses – the main reason for non-match was that the signatory business was relatively new and therefore not on the register yet.
1Medium firms account for 15.8% of pledge signatories and large firms account for 17.6%; these firms respectively account for 2.2% and 1.4% of the Scottish business base overall.