EVERTON FOOTBALL CLUB TO REAFFIRM SUPPORT OF LIVING WAGE MOVEMENT
*Club to share support for Living Wage movement at game against Manchester United on 7 November *Living Wage logos to be visible at Everton vs Manchester United at Goodison Park and Club to feature in flagship Living Wage Week video *In 2016 Everton became only the second Premier League club to sign the Living Wage Foundation pledge to pay the real Living Wage, and is now a Principal Partner – helping shape the national Living Wage movement
Everton Football Club will this weekend show its support for the Living Wage and reaffirm its role as a Principal Partner of the national Living Wage movement.
At Saturday’s game against Manchester United (kick-off 12.30), the Living Wage Foundation logo will appear on pitch-side LEDs at Goodison Park and in content across the Club’s social media channels.
Everton also features in this year’s Living Wage Week flagship video, where Richard Kenyon, Director of Marketing, Communications and Community, discusses why it is important to the Club and its charity Everton in the Community that everyone employed by Everton receives a fair day’s pay.
In 2016, Everton became only the second Premier League club to sign the Living Wage Foundation pledge to pay the real Living Wage.
Everton is also one of only 14 companies to be invited to become a Principal Partner of the Living Wage Foundation, meaning that the Club sits on the Living Wage Foundation Advisory Committee, helps shape the national movement and its priorities, shares its experiences with other companies and raises support in key sectors. The Club has also spoken to MPs at the Houses of Parliament to help raise awareness.
The Living Wage is a not calculated according to the government minimum – instead it is independently-calculated and based on a wage which meets the everyday needs of real life and unexpected costs – from the weekly shop, to a surprise trip to the dentist. Employers choose to pay the real Living Wage on a voluntary basis, and it provides an ethical benchmark for responsible pay.
On Monday 9 November, the Living Wage Foundation will announce the Living Wage for the coming year, marking the start of Living Wage Week which runs until November 15.
Since the movement began in 2001, the Living Wage movement has championed ethical pay and delivered £1billion in extra wages delivered to workers.
The theme of this year’s Living Wage Week campaign is ‘building back better,’ encouraging those companies who can - in these difficult times – to consider paying the Living Wage as part of their commitment to supporting their employees and wider society as the UK seeks to recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Kim Healey, People Director at Everton said: “At Everton, we take our role as a Living Wage Employer extremely seriously. The Living Wage is an example of how civil society, businesses and organisations can work together to tackle in-work poverty. We understand that times are extremely difficult for everyone at the moment, and we are proud to be playing a part in shaping the national Living Wage movement to help educate, guide and assist companies and organisations considering paying the Living Wage about the positive outcomes that it can bring to employees, local communities and wider society.”