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Archbishop of York calls on businesses to be fair
THE Archbishop of York has called on York’s business leaders to have fairness at the heart of their business planning.
At an Ethics in Business reception held at Bishopthorpe Palace last night, Dr John Sentamu, who is also sponsor of the York Fairness Commission, said: “Balancing the success or survival of a company with the welfare of the people involved can be a painful business.
“There are no simple answers. In the current economic and financial crisis these decisions are critical to the whole community. We judge the health of a society by how it treats the poor and vulnerable. Businesses have a duty to engage with their communities and play their part in tackling inequality by having truly fair recruitment and reward policies.”
John Lister, of Aviva plc and a member of the York Fairness Commission, challenged the York business community to adopt the commission’s ten fairness principles, which include reducing inequality, empowering the most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, and taking a long-term view when making budget cuts.
York Fairness Commission is to launch its final report at an event at Bishopthorpe Palace on September 27, which is expected to include hard-hitting demands of the public sector, voluntary sector and business community.