CMS-backed ethical cleaners gain B Corp status
The award winning Clean for Good becomes the only cleaning company in the UK to be both an accredited Living Wage Employer and B Corp certified
Clean for Good has today announced it has been certified with B Corp status, an endorsement of its unique position as an ethical office cleaning company committed to the wellbeing of its employees as well as providing a world class service to its clients.
Church Mission Society has backed Clean for Good since its inception and the vision to be a different kind of cleaning company has always been at its heart.
Every staff member gets paid at least the London Living Wage for every hour worked, and gets access to employment benefits well above the industry threshold.
Melany Garzon, a cleaner at Clean for Good remarks: “The truth is I just really enjoy working at Clean for Good and feel very satisfied doing my work. I have met wonderful people here who give their best, but above all who have a human quality and kindness which is very important to me.”
It has pioneered a new model in the commercial cleaning world and has grown rapidly since it started six years ago.
The idea for the company was developed on CMS’s Make Good week, a module of CMS Pioneer Mission Training and CMS became a founder investor and one of the three major shareholders along with the Parish of St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe and the Centre for Theology & Community.
To achieve B Corp status Clean For Good has met rigorous social and environmental standards to reflect its commitment to goals outside of shareholder profit: building a fairer, dignified and more attractive workplace for its cleaners, while also ensuring the highest environmental and sustainable standards across its supply chain.
From the cleaning products used on site which are EU eco-labelled to the uniforms which staff wear and are produced free from any human rights abuse, Clean for Good strives to have the highest sustainable standards of any UK cleaning company.
Charlie Walker, managing director at Clean for Good, comments: “We are thrilled to be B Corp certified. It is a great reward for the huge amounts of work done by many people across all parts of our business.
“What delights me most, however, is this recognises and celebrates our core values and motivations. We strive each day to be good news to our cleaners through fair pay and dignified work, to our clients through an excellent service, and to the planet by ensuring we use sustainable products and materials.”
Chris Turner, executive director of B Lab UK says, “We are delighted to welcome Clean for Good to the B Corp community. This is a movement of companies who are committed to changing how business operates and believe business really can be a force for good. We know that Clean for Good are going to be a fantastic addition to the community and will continue driving the conversation forward.”
The vision for Clean for Good is informed by the Christian faith of Clean for Good’s founders and investors who lead the business and have established a set of values to guide the company’s work. The company will always recruit, work for and work with anyone, regardless of their beliefs.