Cawleys is celebrating after it gained two accreditations for investing in its employees and paying a fair wage.
The waste disposal business, which is based in Bedfordshire, UK, was awarded the Investors in People Gold Standard and also became a living wage employer this month (July).
After being benchmarked against other companies, Cawleys came second in its sector and is now in the top three Investors in People employers within its size category.
The firm, which describes itself as “a family business with family values”, also committed to paying staff a salary in line with the cost of living, receiving accreditation from the Living Wage Foundation.
Kirsty Dwan, HR manager at Cawleys, said: “At Cawleys, we believe our success begins and ends with our people. Since achieving the Investors in People silver accreditation three years ago we have further developed our strategies and culture to an exceptionally high standard, earning us the prestigious gold award.
“Employee wellbeing is a key priority for us, demonstrated by our recent living wage accreditation. We pay all employees well above the national living wage and we have also recently reduced working hours for all staff, helping improve wellbeing and work–life balance.
“We are proud to be recognised for creating a working environment which inspires, motivates and supports our employees.”
Paul Devoy, CEO of Investors in People, said: “We would like to congratulate Cawleys on achieving the ‘We Invest in People’ Gold accreditation. It is a fantastic effort for any organisation, and places Cawleys in fine company with a host of organisations that understand the value of people.”
Katherine Chapman, director, Living Wage Foundation, said: “We’re delighted that Cawleys has joined the movement of over 13,000 responsible employers across the UK, including household names such as Burberry, Barclays and Everton Football Club. These businesses recognise that paying the real Living Wage, which is based on the cost of living, is the mark of a responsible employer and they, like Cawleys, believe that we all need a wage that meets our everyday needs.”