Charity Number: 1197493

End Poverty Pledge for Businesses

Can your business help us end poverty in our community?

Solving poverty is good business.

The wellbeing of your staff is linked with improved performance at work and paying people well means they have money to spend, which is good for the local economy. Creating jobs and providing good value products and services contributes to reducing poverty, but many businesses are keen to do more.

Here are some actions that you can take to help tackle local poverty:

  • Work towards becoming an accredited Living Wage Employer, by committing to paying decent wages to all your employees and sub-contracted staff. More information
  • Give your employees more flexibility and control over their working hours and improved job security. Only use zero-hour or temporary contracts when essential. More information
  • Enable lower-paid employees the chance to access training and development opportunities, working with them to increase their skills and pay.
  • Offer work experience, good quality apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities to help people into work. More information
  • Ensure that fringe benefits, such as sick pay, staff discounts and loan schemes, are offered to and taken up by workers on lower pay grades.
  • Pay your suppliers and self-employed contractors in good time, without any unnecessary delays in your payment system.
  • Act early to support people who are struggling financially. Review the way you handle customers who are behind on payments, to help them manage their debt in a proactive and empathetic way.
  • Listen to and value your customers who are in financial hardship. Take action to eliminate poverty premiums, whereby people on lower income often pay more for the same goods and services. More information
  • Support local charitable and community-led initiatives to tackle poverty, through corporate volunteering and financial or in-kind donations. More information
  • Use your networks to encourage other local businesses and organisations to sign up to the End Poverty Pledge.

Is your business ready to take the End Poverty Pledge?

We would love to hear from you!

If your team has taken the pledge, let everyone know on social media. Print out the pledge sign and take a team photo. #EndPovertySurrey

Thanks to the following businesses for taking the pledge!


The number of people coming to us for help is growing rapidly, but food banks are not a long-term solution to poverty. We can only end poverty by tackling its root causes. Together we can make a difference, if enough of us commit to doing what we can to reduce the stigma of poverty and improve the lives of those who are experiencing financial hardship.

No, this is not a fundraising campaign. We want you to focus on what actions you can take, as an individual or organisation, to reduce the stigma of poverty and improve the lives of those who experiencing financial hardship.

There are lots of ideas on the website, starting with listening to people’s stories and gaining a better understanding of the issues. We recommend that you start small, and build up from there. Even small changes can make a big difference if enough people join in. Please get in touch with us if you are a local organisation and would like to discuss this further.

No, it is up to you if you want to tell us what actions you are taking to help tackle poverty. But, if you are willing, we would like to share what you are doing, to inspire and encourage others to sign the End Poverty Pledge.

We won’t be checking whether people fulfil their pledges – that is completely up to you. We only ask that you take the End Poverty Pledge seriously and that you do your best to make a difference, as an individual or as an organisation. We cannot change the world alone. But if everyone does something, then together we can make a difference to this community.

Please use social media and any other networks that you are part of to tell others about the End Poverty Pledge and encourage them to join in.

When you sign the pledge, we will send you occasional updates on the campaign, including sharing what other local individuals and organisations are doing to tackle poverty in our community. You can unsubscribe at any time if you wish.


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Epsom & Ewell