Nicola Sturgeon launches business pledge at Hearts

Nicola Sturgeon with Heart of Midlothian Football Club Chairwoman and Chief Executive Ann Budge. Pic: Julie Bull
Nicola Sturgeon with Heart of Midlothian Football Club Chairwoman and Chief Executive Ann Budge. Pic: Julie Bull
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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Hearts boss Ann Budge came together at Tynecastle as the football club became one of the first companies to back a new voluntary code calling on businesses to commit to paying the living wage and promoting fair practices.

Ms Sturgeon was in Gorgie to launch the Scottish Business Pledge, which the Scottish Government describes as a new social and economic partnership for growth.

It includes a range of vows, ranging from not using exploitative zero-hour contracts to improving diversity and gender balance and promising prompt payment to suppliers.

Ms Sturgeon said: “Our economic strategy sets out a vision of an economy based on innovation rather than insecurity; high skills, not low wages, and enhanced productivity instead of reduced job security. We want to climb the global competitiveness rankings on quality, rather than racing to the bottom on costs.”

Other signatories include GSK, Virgin Money, Agenor, Hymans Robertson, Strata Cleaning and LogicNow.