What is the Mayor's Good Work Standard?

The Mayor's Good Work Standard brings together best employment practice and links to resources and support from across London to help employers improve their organisations. The initiative has been developed in collaboration with London's employers, professional bodies and experts.

The Good Work Standard sets the benchmark the Mayor wants every London employer to work towards and achieve. Organisations able to meet the Good Work Standard criteria can apply for accreditation and recognition as leading employers from the Mayor.

Start your journey

Good work starts with the basics and the legal requirements of employers to provide a safe and fair workplace. To find out if your organisation meets the most important legal requirements and to start your Good Work Standard journey, complete our Foundation stage.

What are the benefits of becoming GWS accredited?

Employers play an important role in the lives of the people working for them. Not only can they ensure the health and safety of their workers and employees but also that they are fairly treated and rewarded. As a result, they can improve the performance and success of their organisation and realise numerous business benefits. These benefits include:

  • Attracting, recruiting and retaining the best skills and talent
  • Reduced absences and sick leave
  • Higher levels of employee engagement and motivation
  • Increased productivity
  • Cost savings
  • Reputational gain

Successful organisations would be able to use their accreditation to demonstrate social value when competing for public sector procurement opportunities with the GLA Group. Members of the GLA Group include the Greater London Authority, Metropolitan Police, London Fire Brigade and Transport for London.

How to achieve the Good Work Standard

The Good Work Standard provides employers with a set of best employment practices alongside information and resources to help achieve them. Please read our guidance on how to achieve the Good Work Standard accreditation.

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