Pledge to create a thriving future for South Tyneside - organisations sign deal committing to jobs, spending, health and climate
Some 20 public and private sector organisations have already signed up to the South Tyneside Pledge, which aims to boost business, reduce health inequalities, cut carbon emissions, and increase the sense civic pride for the benefit of everyone.
The pledge sets out nine commitments, and all those signing up will be asked to show how they are meeting them every six months.
These include giving South Tyneside firms their business where possible, providing job opportunities, and encouraging employees to shop local.
Encouraging healthy lifestyles and community volunteering are also on the list.
Cllr Tracey Dixon, leader of South Tyneside Council and chair of South Tyneside Partnership, said: “By signing the pledge, organisations, big or small are saying that they will do all they can to spend, recruit and support our local area and bring about positive change.
“This isn’t a piece of paper we sign and pop back in a drawer to make us all feel better, it’s about shining a light on our practices and seeing what more we can do to support the borough – be that taking action on climate change, job creation, supporting small business or improving people’s health.
“As individual organisations we can only do so much, but by working collaboratively with a common set of objectives we hope to improve South Tyneside across all areas.”
Cllr Dixon said examples of work already being carried out by organisations which have signed up to the pledge include:
:: The Customs House working closely with schools, Tyne Coast College, and other organisations to boost confidence and aspiration through performing arts
:: Groundwork has made the commitment that all of its staff and volunteers will receive Carbon Literacy Training
:: South Tyneside Business Week 2022, with a focus on helping local firms to be well placed to bid for procurement opportunities
:: South Shields Football Club developing its Foundation to raise aspiration and improve health and wellbeing among young people
:: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service aiming to involve local businesses in the development of their new Tri-station at Hebburn
:: South Tyneside Homes recruiting local apprentices and recognised by the National Apprenticeship Service as one of the Top 100 Employers of Apprentices in the UK
:: South Tyneside Council developing a Climate Change Toolkit for businesses about steps local firms can take towards Net Zero
:: Organisations across South Tyneside signing up to the Better Health at Work Award to help drive better health and wellbeing locally
:: Inspire South Tyneside encouraging local residents to volunteer for a range of community and voluntary service organisations.
Those signing up will be asked, twice a year, to show what they are doing to meet these commitments.
Cllr Dixon said ‘best practice’ will be shared, advice and support provided, and the impact of the project will be monitored by the South Tyneside Partnership and its Economic Regeneration Board.
She said the pledge builds on similar schemes elsewhere in the UK, including North of Tyne, Leeds and Greater Manchester.
The council leader said Preston’s pledge had seen the amount of money spent by business and organisations for projects in the local area go from 5% to 20% over five years – a rise of £74million.
Cllr Dixon added: “My New Year’s message to organisations across South Tyneside would be; if you make one resolution this year then let it be to sign up to the South Tyneside Pledge.
"We can all do our bit to help South Tyneside flourish and taking the Pledge is just one way to help do this. It is quick and easy to sign up. Join us in working to make the Borough a better place for everyone.”
Organisations, public and private, big, and small, can sign up and become part of the Pledge South Tyneside network (which will share best practice, information, opportunities, advice, and events): www.southtyneside.gov.uk/southtynesidepledge