Ethical Recruitment for Businesses

In Reading, we take the exploitation of those seeking employment very seriously. Most local employers and recruitment agencies follow the law and best practice but there are still accounts of unethical recruitment practices in our town including excessively long unpaid training, lack of interview feedback, inaccurate or misleading job descriptions, unpaid trial shifts, and even using job-applicants to work unpaid trial shifts with no intention of recruiting anyone.

The Reading Ethical Recruitment program is a self-registration scheme.

  • What it enables you to do
  • What you get after enrolling

It enables you to market your ethical recruitment practice, but also exposes you to the reporting by job-applicants of abuse, wrongdoing and/or breach of the charter pillars and guidelines.

When a job applicant reporting a breach gives us this contact details, we will forward you the contents of his or her report and will ask you to respond within 2 weeks, providing us with a response to the Charter breach report, describing the measures already in place or being taken to prevent re-occurrence and eventually the contact detail of the person within your organisation that the applicant could engage with, should he or her feel to do so. Without a timely response we may bar you out of the Charter.

Ethical Reading will also provide guidance to job-applicants willing to engage with relevant bodies would they wish to make a formal complaint against your organisation.

Once you’ve enrolled under Reading Ethical Recruitment Charter, you will receive a link to our Business Members Portal, from where you’ll be able to upload your company digital logo, make all necessary modifications to your registration, and download:

  • the Reading Ethical Recruitment Logo
  • the Proud Ethical Recruiter Sticker

The Charter Documentation

Here is a collection of useful resources for you:

Register your company now

Fill in this form to register your business for the Reading Ethical Recruitment Charter. Your registration will then be reviewed and confirmed and you will be listed on the register. You will also receive a login where you can download the Charter logo and sticker.

Company details
You can add additional addresses if you have multiple locations.
Registrant details
Details of the person registering the business.
Complaints reports to be received by
Who in the business should receive a complaint if one is raised.
Ethics / recruitment contact
Who in the business is responsible for the Ethics and/or Recruitment.
Company login
These are the details for creating your portal login. Please note that if you are already registered as a user on this site you will need to use a different email address to that account.