A responsible partner for UK business

UK Responsible Business Charter

Mears wants to be the best possible partner for the UK Government, local councils, for people who live or work in any of our branches and communities we operate in. To get our pledges to the right groups, we have put together a set of draft commitments for consultation and we want to hear back from you about whether we are on the right track. 

Mears Group is launching its first-ever UK Responsible Business Charter for consultation after evidencing alignment with multiple benchmarks.

The Charter is a values-led partnership between Government and business based on boosting productivity and competitiveness through fairness, equality and sustainable employment.

Our charter commitments include:

  • All employees are paid the Real Living Wage or above
  • We will encourage the involvement of the local supply chain in our projects by seeking to work collaboratively across the UK’s housing management sector, and in line with the UK Government’s Construction Playbook and other core procurement guidance
  • We will continue to hold and abide by the principles of ISO44001 – (collaboration in contract management) 
  • We will achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030 across our operations 
  • Mears will continue to run its successful local apprenticeship programmes across the UK 
  • We will upskill our workforce, including our apprentices so that they can play their part to move to Net Zero
  • Mears will annually undertake the Best Companies independent workforce survey with an aim to keeping its position of being in the Top 25 best Companies to work for
  • We will maintain our absolute commitment to safety and will target as a minimum the annual achievement of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) Gold Award
  • We know we need to go further with equality and diversity, that’s why we have an independent Social and Diversity Impact Board which examines all of our polices to ensure that they are fair
  • Mears will work to secure balanced boards to broaden the range of perspectives and expertise, and ultimately benefit the services and clients we seek to support. We will work to the spirit of the Gender Representation (Scotland) Act and the Partnership for Change commitment. 
  • We will follow the principles set out in the FTSE Women Leaders review, which aims to increase opportunities for women at the top of Britain’s largest companies.

You can find the full copy of our UK Business Charter here