London: ethical cleaning company is 'practical mission in action'
Clean for Good, London’s first ethical cleaning company, is being launched into one of London’s most competitive markets.
A cleaning company with a difference, Clean for Good is an accredited London Living Wage Employer, and was established with the vision to provide a fairer deal for cleaners and change how cleaning is done across London and throughout UK.
Catherine Pearson, Clean for Good’s Business Manager, said; “Clean for Good takes the ‘Fair Trade’ principle and applies it to the cleaning industry – we know there are organisations who want ethical cleaning and who are prepared to pay a fair price for it.”
Clean for Good will be formally launched at 5.30pm on 5 October at Shepherd and Wedderburn, 10 Condor House, St Paul’s Churchyard, EC4M 8AL.
Every day the City of London relies on an army of ‘hidden’ workers whose hours are anti-social, wages are low and working conditions are often poor. They have little scope for advancement.
St Andrew by the Wardrobe, a church in the heart of the City, resolved to challenge this situation and set up a cleaning company that could provide suitable work for cleaners and act as an example to other cleaning companies by paying its workers the Living Wage.
Clean for Good is committed to providing its employees with paid leave, guaranteed working hours, training and personal development opportunities.
Clean for Good began as an idea in 2014 in the Parish of St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe in the City of London. The church wanted to find a practical way to help low-paid workers in their wealthy parish.
The idea won a ‘dragon’s den’ competition at the Greenbelt Festival and by working in partnership with the Centre for Theology & Community and other investors including the Church Mission Society, the company has been created.
The launch will also be an opportunity to celebrate the work done by the Clean for Good team until now, to get the company up and running, and marks the start of a major campaign to find new customers and establish the business as London’s first ethical cleaning provider. The event will bring together investors, customers, staff and cleaners as well as supporters.
Jonny Baker, director of Church Mission Society’s mission pioneer programme, drew attention to the fact that St Andrew by the Wardrobe was the church where CMS appointed its first missionaries over 200 years ago. He went on to stress that it’s initiatives like this that will determine the future health of the Church. He said, “Clean for Good is a potent combination of pioneering mission, social enterprise and God’s love. It is practical mission in action.”
The company is seeking to secure cleaning contracts across London with the aim of breaking even financially in 2018 and continuing to grow.