The Mayor’s Good Work Standard

Making London the best city in the world to work

The Mayor is committed to building a fairer and more inclusive London economy – one which works for all Londoners and in which more Londoners can access good jobs with good conditions. 

To make this happen, the Mayor is working with employers to celebrate excellent work practices and support others to improve practice by bringing together, in one place, a range of support and resources for businesses. 

The Good Work Standard sets the benchmark the Mayor wants every London employer to work towards and achieve. 

By implementing the criteria in the Good Work Standard, businesses of all sizes and sectors signal that they are committed to healthy, fair and inclusive workplaces. Research demonstrates this is an important measure for attracting and retaining diverse, talented and successful workforces. 

There are four pillars to the Good Work Standard – fair pay and conditions, workplace wellbeing, skills and progression and diversity and recruitment. 

The inclusive employment and workforce development practices in the Mayor’s Good Work Standard will help employers achieve high standards in areas such as working conditions, diversity and inclusion, flexible working, health and wellbeing, apprenticeships and training, and communication with employees. 

Employers can check their current level of achievement against the Good Work Standard, before undertaking a self-assessment to become accredited as a Good Work Standard employer. 

The Good Work Standard website hosts a range of free resources and information to support employers in adopting the highest standards and best possible working conditions. 

The Mayor of London’s Economic Fairness team will also be working with employers through a series of workshops over the coming months focused on how businesses can meet Good Work Standard criteria and become accredited. 

To register your interest for these events, please email 

Upcoming events

Creating the Digital Workplace-What does it mean from HR professionals? 12 February 2020, 6.30pm-8.30pm

Cost: Free

For many organisations the digital workplace is becoming an increasingly important feature. There are few parts of any business that remain unchanged by technology with new and innovative applications emerging at an increasing pace. What are the implications for those of us leading and delivering HR, Organisation Development, recruitment and learning? For our Digital HR insight workshop we have invited experts to introduce us to two areas where processes are being reinvented with exciting developments which lead to a shift in the role of HR professionals.

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People Analytics, what is it and why is it important? 26 February 2020 6.30pm-8.30pm

Cost: £5-£25

This event is run by CIPD. We’ll be discussing points such as defining People Analytics, Maturity Levels and Adding Values, whilst we will also focus on how to build a People Analytics strategy, how to investigate the root cause of workforce issues and how to measure the success of HR processes and function.

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Diversity and Inclusion, 27 February 2020, 6.30pm-8.30pm

Cost: £0-£5

This event is run by CIPD- further information to come.

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Supporting Women in the Workplace, 25 February 2020, Full day event

At this event, our speakers will discuss the main barriers which women face and how to address them; provide awareness of the structural changes that can allow women to thrive at all points in their career; and contribute insights into how positive change requires commitment from all.

You will receive actionable advice and best-practice from thought-leaders, and ultimately learn how to map a path to progress for your workplace.

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Creating Healthy Workplaces Through Good Work, 2 March 2020, 6.00pm- 9.00pm

Cost: Free


Join us to explore what Good works means for organisations and how the London Mayor’s Good Work Standard, developed in partnership with CIPD, brings together good employment practice with resources and guidance written by CIPD experts. Tested with CIPD members from the CIPD London region, the framework aims to support employers of all sizes across the city to improve their people management practices and create good work for all.



We’ll be joined by Peter Cheese, Chief Executive Officer of the CIPD and Rajesh Agrawal, Deputy Mayor of London for Business exploring what Good Work is today and what it will be in the future, what it means for people, organisations and society at large.

We’ll explore the steps employers have made towards Good Work in their organisation and hear case studies from the journey they have taken.

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Diversity and Inclusion- International Women’s Day, 12 March 2020 6.30pm-20.30pm

Cost: £0-£5 

Join CIPD for our D&I themed event during which we’ll focus on International Womens’ Day.

Further details to follow…

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Dismissal for some other substantial reason (SOSR), 17 March 2020, 6.30pm-9.00pm

Cost: £0-£15 


Join us for this informative and insightful session when we’ll discuss “Dismissal for some other substantial reason (SOSR)”.

The session will provide delegates with an overview of SOSR dismissals and the overlap with other potentially fair reasons for dismissal under the Employment Rights Act 1996. In particular, the session will cover the following:

  • How to dismiss fairly for SOSR;
  • The process that should be applied;
  • The legal framework and procedural issues;
  • The legal risks and pitfalls that may arise when dismissing for SOSR.

Delegates will have the opportunity to share experiences, ask questions and discuss good practice.

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Transforming an organisation’s people strategy and culture: Insights from the C-Suite, 18 March 2020, 6.30pm- 9.00pm

Cost: Free

People strategy and culture are critical factors in successful strategy implementation. This seminar offers academic and practitioner perspectives on leading the people strategy and culture transformation and the role of strategic leadership in the process. The audience will have an opportunity to hear about experience of the CHRO in leading the transformation through organisational design, workforce planning, inclusive culture and effective HR support in the world’s largest broadcasting organisation – BBC. Speaker: Valerie Hughes-D’Aeth, Chief HR Officer, BBC

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Diversity and Inclusion, 25 March 2020, 6.00pm- 9.00pm

Cost: £0-£15

 Join CIPD for this insightful and interactive session on Diversity & Inclusion.

Further details to follow…

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Conflict Resolution in the Workplace, 31 March 2020, 6.00pm-9.00pm

Cost: £0-£5

Join CIPD for this insightful session on “Conflict resolution in the workplace”.

Dealing with conflict when it happens, and addressing the root causes of conflict at the earliest opportunity, can ultimately save you time and money. It can also help improve productivity levels in your teams and within your workplace as a whole. But what is the best approach to take?

The presentation will focus on gaining an understanding of what is meant by the term conflict at work, and identifying the common causes and effects.

Further exploration will include the role of ACAS and the organisation’s different approaches when working with key stakeholders to manage conflict within the workplace.

This will be followed by a question and answer session.

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Other initiatives

Business Healthy

Business Healthy is a free community of businesses in the City of London, aimed at providing support to supercharge their workforce through improving health and wellbeing. Funded by the City of London Corporation’s Public Health, the Business Healthy website is full of resources, campaign materials and information covering a wide remit of workplace health and wellbeing, including mental, physical, emotional, financial and more.  

The unique and award-winning Business Healthy also delivers a programme of “masterclasses” to the business community on a range of topics, which aim to share knowledge and expertise and bring businesses together to network, share ideas and best practice. It’s free to become part of the network – visit the website here, or contact the team.


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