CMS Window Systems has teamed up with the Fairness Commissioner in North Lanarkshire, along with several other organisations dedicated to addressing social inequality and poverty, at a special event to encourage businesses to follow its Living Wage lead and sign up to the Scottish Business Pledge.
The company was invited to present to business leaders from across the region at a recent seminar about its positive experiences of being a Living Wage employer. Sharing a platform with Louise Woodruff from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and representatives from the Scottish Government, the business breakfast provided a forum for all kinds of companies to discuss how good, fair and innovative business practice benefits society as a whole.
CMS Window Systems, a market-leading window, door and curtain walling manufacturer and installer, which is a 2017 Queen’s Award for Enterprise winning business, pioneered the adoption of the Living Wage in its sector back in 2015. It took the step as part of its long term strategy to be a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable business and, according to Chief Executive Officer David Ritchie, it has never looked back:
“The Living Wage is an overwhelmingly positive initiative when you consider the far-reaching benefits of ensuring that hard working individuals are fairly rewarded for the contribution they make to the success of a business,” says David. “Employee satisfaction and engagement pay huge dividends in terms of productivity, loyalty, product quality and customer service, and these are the key areas that we have gained a competitive edge. For us it’s a win-win.”
CMS Window Systems is the only window, door and curtain walling manufacturer and installer to sign up to the Scottish Business Pledge, which dovetails its own ethos and strategy. This Scottish Government initiative is a values-led partnership between Government and business, which aims to boost productivity, competitiveness, sustainable employment, and workforce engagement and development.
Now employing more than 250 people across two production sites, CMS Window Systems has gone from strength to strength since its inception twelve years ago. With an order book valued at £65m over the next three years and recent expansion of its manufacturing capacity with a new factory in Fife, the company continues to thrive and demonstrate that being a fair and environmentally sustainable employer contributes to business success.