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The Cultural Contract - Annex A

Annex A 

Economic Contract pillars

 Definitions as they relate to the cultural contract Examples (illustrative not exhaustive)

Growth potential

A focus on growth of the organisation to support resilience in response to the impact of COVID-19, to ensure the continued growth of the cultural and creative sectors in Wales. 

Qualitative or quantitative evidence of how the organisation supports growth through its supply-chains.

Utilising buyer and supplier tools like Sell 2 Wales and Meet the Buyer events. 

Examples of positive activity to diversify and adapt operations in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Supporting the freelancer industry in Wales.

Re-deploying retained staff to support wider initiatives e.g. contact tracing to support Test, Trace, Protect.

Fair Work

The Welsh Government has adopted the Fair Work Commission definition of fair work, link here -

The Welsh Government supports the extension of collective bargaining and widening access to trade unions as set out in  

In addition, we expect all organisations in receipt of Welsh Government funding to sign up to the Code on Practice on Ethical Employment in Supply Chains, as appropriate, link here -

Evidence of effective company policy / practice / accreditations relevant to fair work, such as: 

  • Evidence of company policy on policies that support fair recruitment, workplace diversity, and inclusive access to work. 
  • Sign-up to the WG Code of Practice on Ethical Employment in Supply Chains.
  • Diversity on Boards.
  • Action to ensure diversity gains are not lost as a result of the impact of COVID-19.
  • Presence of Trade Union recognition and collective bargaining. 
  • The presence of effective works councils.
  • Positive action to promote and embed the Welsh language in activities. 
  • Promotion of Health, Skills & Learning in the workplace

Promotion of health, including a special emphasis on mental health, skills, and learning in the workplace

A commitment to provide opportunities for employees to develop skills, abilities and learning as part of their professional and/or personal development. This can include work-based training and/or training outside of the workplace with the support of the employer. 

A commitment to support employees to stay fit and healthy so they can remain in employment, or return to work following a period of ill health and/or investment in community initiatives that promote physical and mental health.  

Evidence of effective company policy / practice covering skills, learning and health in the workplace.

Investor in People or similar recognised accreditation.

Evidence of involvement with programmes / schemes or community initiatives that promote and support skills, learning, health and wellbeing in the workplace.

Collective agreement with a recognised Trade Union regarding skills and learning and/or presence of a Wales Union Learning Fund (WULF) Project.

Involvement in activities related to social prescribing.

Examples of the organisation delivering or supporting health & arts initiatives.

Activities related to promoting the benefits of culture from a wellbeing perspective.

Engagement of volunteers and/or work experience/student placements in the organisation.

Positive action to promote and embed the Welsh language in activities.

Progress in Lowering Carbon Footprint 

The organisation’s understanding of its current greenhouse gas emissions and its commitment to improving resource efficiency and management and reduction of its carbon footprint, as part of furthering the sustainability of the organisation.

For the cultural contract this should also include a consideration of wider environmental sustainability issues

Effective policy / practices demonstrating an understanding of where the organisation currently stands and steps it is taking to improve. 

Evidence of action to support reduction in carbon footprint and improve environmental sustainability. 

Recognising and taking action to address any environmental consequences of measures introduced as a result of COVID-19 e.g. increased use of single use items.