More Than 3,500 Lush Staff Will Earn 'Real Living Wage' Thanks To Pay Rise
Business can be brutal. You only have to look at the recent uproar involving Sports Direct and its lack of ethical working practices to understand that more often than not, profits are placed before people.
But one company is striving hard break the status quo which has long defined so many multi-national corporations.
Lush, the handmade, cruelty-free cosmetics retailer, is giving 1,000 workers at its Poole factory a £2,184 pay rise, extending the number of Lush staff who earn the real Living Wage to 3,555.
The voluntary measure is based on the amount that employees and their families need to live, coming in at £8.45 in the UK, except in London where it's £9.75.
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The move comes after Lush's announcement that the company saw a 76 per cent rise in pre-tax profits in the year ending on 30th June last year.
The corporation also donated £1.6 million to charity in the UK, and globally they dished out £6.3 million.
Speaking to the Bournemouth Echo, Director Mark Constantine, said: "The public have been kind enough to support us and now we're in a position where we can share that."
Kim Coles, Global Finance Director at Lush, told Wales Online: "We are delighted to be making this announcement to our lovely, dedicated and enthusiastic staff. It is thanks to all their hard work that we have been able to make this commitment."
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Katherine Chapman, director of the Living Wage Foundation, added: "Having Lush, an established and forward thinking retailer with such a strong high street presence accredit with the Living Wage Foundation, is really significant because it shows that paying a fair wage in the retail sector isn't just achievable it makes business sense too.
"At a time when some large businesses are even falling short of their legal obligations around pay it is important to recognise those fantastic employers who are choosing to go further and pay a real Living Wage.
"I hope other household retail names will be encouraged to follow the lead taken by Lush so that more and more people can make a Living Wage choice at the checkout.
"There are now over 3,000 UK employers who are signing up to pay a real Living Wage to make sure all their staff earn enough for a decent quality of life."
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Lush also announced that they would increase both maternity leave from three to six months at full pay, and paternity leave from two to four weeks.
The company will also provide its workers with 20 hours of childcare for primary care-givers who are returning to full time work, which will last until the child hits the age of three.
If that isn't reason enough to treat yourself to a fresh bath bomb, we don't know what is.
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