Penrose Care has become one of the first private businesses to be accredited with the Mayor of London’s Good Work Standard, an initiative launched to recognise best employment practice in the capital.
The provider, based in Camden, was provisionally accredited at the launch of the scheme in July and fully accredited last month, following completion of City Hall’s screening process.
The Good Work Standard assesses organisations on four pillars: Pay & Conditions, Workplace Wellbeing, Skills and Development, and Diversity and Recruitment.
Penrose Care is one of just sixteen private businesses to receive the accreditation so far.
The provider was rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC in April after being hailed a pioneer in the ethical provision of home care by the Living Wage Foundation.
The provider pays the London Living Wage, offers guaranteed minimum working hours, has an occupational sick pay scheme and private medical insurance with Vitality Health, and offers free taxi rides home for staff members working past 9pm.
Following the accreditation, Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron said: “Penrose Care’s accreditation with the Mayor of London’s Good Work Standard is a further stamp of approval of Penrose Care’s pioneering work in the ethical provision of home care for the elderly and disabled.
“Our journey to accreditation began on July 17, 2018 when City Hall was developing the programme. Penrose Care has demonstrated that ethical labour standards are both morally right and good business decisions. Ethical labour standards promote staff’s mental wellbeing, which aid staff in providing the highest levels of customer service. Penrose Care wishes the Mayor of London all the best in his efforts to promote decent work in London and we are honoured to be part of these efforts.”
Speaking at the launch of the Good Work Standard on July 29, Mayor of London Sadiq Kahn said: “The Good Work Standard will play a key role in tackling poverty and inequality in London. I’m calling on employers across our city to play their part – to pay the London Living Wage, to pursue greater diversity at senior levels, to achieve the highest standards in wellbeing and training, and to ensure that their workers have a voice in the workplace.
“Employers will make these changes because they want to do the right thing, but also because they will see great benefit in terms of recruitment and productivity. City Hall will now do everything possible to ensure that many more employers – in every sector and of every size – sign up to the Good Work Standard.”
Caption: Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron with Sadiq Kahn (centre).