Wrexham Glyndŵr University (WGU) has joined businesses from across the UK in pledging to help Britain pull through the pandemic.
Universities, businesses and other institutions across the UK are behind the Covid-19 Business Pledge, an initiative launched by former Cabinet minister, Rt Hon Justine Greening, and entrepreneur David Harrison. Businesses backing the scheme pledge to assist their employees, customers and communities get through the crisis. They have promised to not only tackle the immediate challenges, but also the challenges we face in recovering.
The pledge has already received the backing of employers across the country, including universities and some of the country’s leading businesses. More than 300,000 staff and students have already pledged support, these include; the National Grid, Severn Trent Water, Everton Football Club, Asda, the Co-op Group, Unilever and universities including Glyndwr, Exeter, Northampton, Brunel and Staffordshire.
Each of the signatories backs three pledges – their employees, their customers, and their community:
- Firstly, to develop action plans to support their staff throughout and beyond the current challenges they face. This can include practical support and advice on personal wellbeing, mental health and financial security. Also including reintegration back into work for those who have had an extended period not in their workplace.
- Secondly, businesses are to publish clear and simple advice for their customers and have specialist teams to support those facing repayment difficulties or vulnerable customers.
- Finally, businesses and institutions have to commit to helping the country through the coronavirus pandemic. With a likely increase in loneliness, isolation, mental health and household financial issues across the UK, practical support such as; food deliveries, the collection of goods and financial assistance for organisations that specialise in supporting vulnerable people, will grow in importance.
Making a Difference
Justine Greening said: “Despite everything, lots of businesses have already shown amazing initiative and commitment to helping people. The C-19 Business Pledge is all about encouraging as many businesses as possible to get involved. The early response has been incredible.”
Professor Maria Hinfelaar, Vice-Chancellor and CEO of WGU, said: “As a university, we are very pleased to lend our support to the C-19 Business Pledge, we are fully behind the scheme. We are working hard to support students, staff, our NHS and our community as we face this crisis together.”
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