Businesses rally to Greening’s COVID-19 Pledge

Businesses around the UK including Konica Minolta Business Solutions, BP, Everton Football Club, National Grid, DLA Piper, Severn Trent Water, Emerald Group and Experian have joined a scheme to aid the most vulnerable citizens during the coronavirus crisis.

Former Cabinet Minister Justine Greening has launched the C-19 Business Pledge with David Harrison to encourage businesses to join the coronavirus effort by pledging to help their employees, customers and communities across Britain get through the crisis.

Targeting not just the immediate challenges of coronavirus, but also the challenges of recovery, the initiative comes after Greening received a huge response from businesses getting in touch with her and willing to be part of a national effort, and already it has received the backing of employers representing over 300,000 staff and students.

The financial sector has also pitched in with True Potential, the property sector with Yorkshire-based Sewell Group and also helping is law firm Shoosmiths. In education, universities have also risen to the challenge with Bolton Group, Bradford, Bishop Grosseteste, Brunel, Northampton, York St John, Staffordshire and Leeds Beckett universities all putting pledges forward.

Employers who sign up to the pledge give their backing to three main objectives built around employees, customers and communities. They will not only help Britain through the immediate challenges of coronavirus, but also through its recovery.

Greening commented: “In spite of everything, lots of businesses have already shown amazing initiative and commitment to helping people affected by coronavirus. The C-19 Business Pledge is all about encouraging as many businesses as possible to get involved and then helping them do that faster and better by sharing all the great work that’s already been done. The early response has been incredible and I’ll do everything I can to help to connect up British business to play its role.”

More details on the C-19 Business Pledge here.

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