Good Recruitment Collective welcomes its 500th employer

The Good Recruitment Campaign was renamed the Good Recruitment Collective in early January.

The Good Recruitment Collective (GRC) started 2020 on a high, with 500 employers now signed up to the Good Recruitment Charter – committing them to the highest recruitment standards.

The GRC, run by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation, was set up in 2014 to help employers refine their recruitment strategies and attract and retain the right candidates. The businesses signed up to the initiative, such as Virgin Media, National Express, EY, MacDonald’s and WaterAid, employ more than 3.5 million workers in the UK between them.

For Aggreko, a supplier of temporary power and temperature control solutions, signing up has changed their approach to recruitment. HR Director Valerie Dale said: “We decided to rebuild our entire recruitment processes alongside the Good Recruitment Charter, which has resulted in an enhanced candidate experience, shorter recruitment times and an improved service to hiring managers, and significant cost reductions.”

At the heart of the initiative is the Good Recruitment Charter, which defines good recruitment practice through nine principles. Signatories make an aspirational commitment to these principles, which include being fair and ethical in recruitment, offering flexibility in work, and ensuring good recruitment in supply chains.

Good recruitment needs a network

Formerly known as the Good Recruitment Campaign, the GRC was renamed in early January as part of a broader rebrand at the REC. The aim is to better reflect the collaborative nature of the group as those signed up are part of a network of HR and in-house recruitment professionals that they can share ideas with and learn from. Members also benefit from workshops, conferences, peer reviews, self-assessment tools and research data.

Tom Hadley, Director of Policy and Campaigns at the REC, said: “The aim of the Good Recruitment Collective is to put good recruitment at the top of the corporate agenda. Hitting the 500 mark is a major milestone. It reflects increasing recognition that brilliant recruitment is at the heart of economic growth and drives both productivity and worker well-being. As businesses compete for talent and workers want more out of their work, getting recruitment right has never been more important.”

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