Media Release: Pacific take the Pledge


THE first building company to sign up to the Holyrood government’s Scottish Business Pledge is building company, Pacific Building.

The firm – a fast fit-out and construction company based in Hillington Park, on the outskirts of Glasgow – have an impressive roster of big-name clients, including McDonald’s, Glasgow and Edinburgh International Airports, Gleneagles Hotel and Bupa.

Says a spokesperson: “The Scottish Business Pledge is a voluntary commitment made by companies to uphold the best practices and embrace the principles of fairness, equality and innovation.

“Pacific – who have 30 employees and are in the process of celebrating ten years in business – are rubbing shoulders with other organisations who have taken the Pledge, including Virgin Money, Hearts FC, GSK, Edinburgh International Conference Centre and the Scottish Chambers of Commerce.”

The Pledge has nine components:

  • Paying the Living Wage
  • Not using zero-hours contracts
  • Supporting progressive workforce engagement
  • Investing in youth
  • Working towards diversity and gender balance
  • Committing to innovation
  • Pursuing international opportunities
  • Playing an active role in the local community
  • Committing to prompt payment

There will be a survey of Pledge companies every two years to help measure effectiveness and progress.

Pacific managing director, Brian Gallacher, said: “As a forward-thinking business that has a desire to enjoy longevity, it is important to show our staff and customers that we value them.

“Pacific also likes to demonstrate its social conscience, so measures such as zero-hours contracts are not something we would adopt, under any circumstances.

“We also engage with all our employees in order to foster personal and professional development. Everyone gets the chance to contribute to the success of our business.

“Furthermore, we believe we are leaders when it comes to our social conscience and concern for our neighbours, having donated thousands of pounds to local charities to mark our anniversary year.”

Launching the Pledge on May 26, First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said she hoped it would become a “badge of pride” for firms.

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