Our New Year’s Resolution for 2022: to be more sustainable

by | Jan 11, 2022 | Blog, Sustainability

We thought we’d start the year as we mean to go on and that’s by becoming a more considerate and sustainable business.

 

Chalkline is now a Living Wage employer

The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Chalkline receive a minimum hourly wage of £11.05, significantly higher than the government minimum for over 23s, which currently stands at £8.91 per hour.

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Chalkline is based in London, a region where nearly a fifth of all jobs (17.2%) pay less than the real Living Wage – around 700,000 jobs. Despite this, Chalkline has committed to pay the real Living Wage and deliver a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work.

The real Living Wage is the only rate calculated according to the costs of living. It provides a voluntary benchmark for employers that wish to ensure their staff earn a wage they can live on, not just the government minimum. Since 2011 the Living Wage movement has delivered a pay rise to over 300,000 people and put over £1.6 billion extra into the pockets of low paid workers.

Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation said: “We’re delighted that Chalkline has joined the movement of almost 9,000 responsible employers across the UK who voluntarily commit to go further than the government minimum to make sure all their staff earn enough to live on.

“They join thousands of small businesses, as well as household names such as Burberry, Barclays, Everton Football Club and many more. These businesses recognise that paying the real Living Wage is the mark of a responsible employer and they, like Chalkline, believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.”

 

Offsetting our carbon footprint

We have also partnered with Ecologi to help offset the emissions from the Chalkline team and their professional lives.

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This is carried out in a number of ways:

  • Building the Chalkline forest
    • We will plant at least 264 trees per month, creating employment for local families and restoring wildlife habitats.
    • We are committed to offsetting 19.41 tonnes of CO² per month
  • Reducing carbon pollution
    • We want to give back more to the planet than we take, funding the highest standard of climate projects to accelerate our transition to a sustainable future.
  • Challenge our carbon footprint
    • We set ourselves goals to low-carbon living.

We have always run a paperless office, but this reinforces our attitude towards sustainability. We believe this partnership will help us become a more climate positive workforce, and in turn ensure that our business makes a massive impact.

You can track the growth of our forest on our Ecologi profile.

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