Cardiff is First Major Urban Area in Uk to Become a ‘Living Wage City’


241,000, or 1 in 5 jobs in Wales still pay below the real Living Wage, which today rises to £9.30 an hour in Wales

– Cardiff becomes the first major urban area in the UK to be awarded ‘Living Wage City’ status as a result of an ambitious 3-year partnership between communities, employers and Cardiff Council to double the number of accredited Living Wage employers and lift thousands more workers out of in-work poverty

– First Minister Mark Drakeford will announce the new Living Wage for Wales of £9.30 per hour (up from £9, an increase of 30p per hour) at the Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay

– The Living Wage Foundation’s rate is independently calculated to reflect the increased cost of living and is £1.09p per hour more than the minimum wage (for over 25s)

– Nearly 6,000 UK businesses currently pay the voluntary real Living Wage rate; 222 of which are headquartered in Wales

– Since 2011, £32,187,495 in extra wages has gone into workers’ pockets in Wales, directly benefitting nearly 7,000 Welsh workers.

– A Living Wage worker in Wales now benefits from an average annual pay boost of nearly £2,000

Workers in Wales must earn £9.30 an hour in order to cover the cost of living, as the Living Wage Foundation today announces its new Living Wage rates.

A worker paid the £9.30 real Living Wage will get £2,000 in additional wages compared to the Government minimum of £8.21 an hour – equivalent to 9 months of a typical family’s food and drink bill.

The London and UK rates are increasing by 20p (1.9 per cent) and 30p (3.3 per cent) respectively, with the single biggest factor explaining why the UK wide rate has risen faster than the London rate being private rental costs (which increased more slowly in London). Childcare costs also rose at a faster rate UK wide compared to London. [2]

There are now more than 222 Wales based Living Wage Employers that have voluntarily gone beyond the Government to pay a real Living Wage, including Burns Pet Food, University of Wales Trinity St David, Cardiff Council and newly accredited major private sector employer Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water. Multiple branches of household names such as Majestic, Lush and Nationwide also pay the rate.

Dundee and Glenrothes pioneered the ‘Living Wage Places’ concept earlier this year, but Cardiff will be the first major urban area in the UK to gain the Living Wage City accolade thanks to its ambitious plan to bring many more employers up to the higher, voluntary, real Living Wage standard.  The plan was put together by a steering group chaired by the Leader of Cardiff Council with senior representatives from civil society and local employers, and by 2022 it aims to increase the number of accredited Living Wage employers based in the capital from 100 to 150, increase the number of job roles protected by accredited Living Wage employers to 48,000 (currently around 27,250), and encourage iconic Cardiff employers and ‘anchor’ organisations in Cardiff to become accredited Living Wage employers.

UK wide £1.1 billion extra has now gone into the pockets of low paid workers, with this Living Wage week seeing 210,000 workers get a payrise onto the new Living Wage rates thanks to nearly 6,000 real Living Wage employers.

Despite the good news research by IHG Markit for KPMG has demonstrated the scale of in-work poverty challenge in Wales, with 241,000 jobs (or 21%) of all jobs in Wales still paying less than the real Living Wage.


Professor Rachel Ashworth, Dean of Cardiff Business School and Chair of the Living Wage for Wales Leadership Team, said:

“We are delighted that Cardiff has achieved ‘Living Wage City’ status – and it is testament to the hard work and commitment of Cardiff Council and the team of employers including, I am proud to say my own employer, Cardiff University, who helped to devise the application that we are leading the way.  Becoming a ‘Living Wage City’ is not about ticking the boxes, it is about implementing a plan to lift thousands of local workers out of in-work poverty over the next three years.  We cannot do this on our own – and so I encourage any employer based in the capital to join us, become an accredited Living Wage employer, and help us make Cardiff a Living Wage City.”


El Bashir Idris, a Leader with Citizens Cymru, which leads the Living Wage campaign in Wales, said:

“It is easy to think of Cardiff as a prosperous place, but all along the southern arc of the city are communities like mine, in Butetown, where almost half of the children grow up in poverty.  Young people like me are told that if we study hard and work hard then we’ll find a good job – but one in five jobs in Cardiff pay less than the Real Living Wage.  That is why the strategy to make Cardiff a Living Wage City is so important, and why Citizens Cymru Wales will be organising low-paid workers and their families so that they are able to influence the Living Wage City plan and ensure it raises the wages of those who really need it.”


Cynnal Cymru Director, Mari Arthur said: 

“Since Cynnal Cymru have managed the accreditation process in Wales we have seen a significant increase in accreditation, and whilst we celebrate those employers that have recognised the valuable contribution their employees bring to their organisations, there are still too many people being paid poverty wages in Wales. We look forward to raising awareness of the value and benefits of the Real Living Wage this week and encourage all employers to consider joining the 222 Living Wage accredited employers in Wales.” 


Chief Executive of Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, Chris Jones, said:

“Our people are our greatest asset and best ambassadors, so ensuring they are paid fairly is at the heart of our not-for-profit approach – so we are proud to support the Living Wage Foundation in this mission. 

“As one of Wales’s biggest employers, we want to play an active, positive role in the communities we serve – and promoting fair working practices is key to achieving this. This benefits our people, and also helps realise our vision of earning the trust of customers, every day.” 


Chris Nott, Senior Partner, Capital Law Ltd said:

“The Living Wage isn’t just a human right, it’s also good for business. What successful businesses have in common is happy, collegiate committed workforces, who enjoy coming to work – the starting point for this is to pay them properly. We’ve enjoyed working with Cardiff council, Citizens Cymru, Cynnal Cymru and other prominent employers in the region to champion this vision, understand the local low pay challenges, and set out a plan to address them. Now that Cardiff has officially been awarded ‘Living Wage City’ status, I look forward to seeing the number of companies paying the living wage continue to increase. It’s a marginal difference for employers, that can have big benefits for their employees and business alike.”


Katherine Chapman, Director of the Living Wage Foundation Director, said:   

“Today’s new Living Wage rates will provide a welcome pay boost for thousands of workers throughout Wales. We are also delighted at the ambition of Cardiff to build a Living Wage city, with Cardiff planning to double the number of workers getting the real Living Wage to nearly 50,000, freeing many more families from the low pay trap. We hope to see many more towns and cities follow suit.” [:cy]

Mae 241,000, neu 1 o bob 5 swydd yng Ngymru, yn dal i dalu llai na’r Cyflog Byw go-iawn, sydd heddiw yn codi i  £9.30 yr awr yma yng Nghymru


– Caerdydd yw’r ardal drefol fawr gyntaf yn y DU i ennill statws ‘Dinas Cyflog Byw’ o ganlyniad i bartneriaeth uchegeisiol, 3-blynedd o hyd, rhwng cymunedau, cyflogwyr a Chyngor Caerdydd i ddyblu’r nifer o gyflogwyr Cyflog Byw achrededig, a chodi miloedd rhagor o weithwyr allan o dlodi mewn gwaith.

– Bydd y Prif Weinidog, Mark Drakeford, yn cyhoeddi’r Cyflog Byw newydd yng Nghymru, sef £9.30 yr awr, (o £9, cynnydd o 30c yr awr) yn Adeilad y Pierhead ym Mae Caerdydd.

– Mae cyfradd y Living Wage Foundation wedi’i gyfrifo’n annibynnol i adlewyrchu’r costau byw cynyddol, ac mae’n £1.09 yr awr yn uwch na’r isafswm cyflog (i’r rhai dros 25 oed).

– Mae bron 6,00 o fusnesau yn y DU yn talu, yn wirfoddol, y gyfradd Cyflog Byw go-iawn, ac mae 222 ohonynt a’u pencadlys yma yng Nghymru.

– Ers 2011, mae £32,187,495 o gyflog ychwanegol wedi dod i bocedi gweithwyr yng Nghymru, gan olygu bod bron 7,000 o weithwyr Cymru ar eu hennill.

– Erbyn hyn mae gweithiwr Cyflog Byw yng Nghymru yn ennill cyflog ychwanegol sydd, ar gyfartaledd, dros £2,000 yn uwch nag o’r blaen.

– Rhaid i weithwyr Cymru ennill £9.30 yr awr er mwyn dod i ben â chostau byw, wrth i’r Living Wage Foundation gyhoeddi heddiw ei gyfraddau Cyflog Byw newydd.


Bydd gweithiwr sy’n derbyn y Cyflog Byw go-iawn o £9.30 yn ennill cflog ychwanegol o £2,000 o’i gymharu ag isafswm y llywodraeth, sef £8.21 yr awr – mae hyn yn gyfartal â 9 mis o fil bwyd a diod teulu arferol.

Mae cyfraddau Llundain a’r DU yn cynyddu o 20c (1.9 y cant) a 30c (3.3 y cant) yn eu tro, a’r un ffactor mwyaf sy’n esbonio’r rheswm pam fod cyfradd y DU wedi codi’n uwch na chyfradd Llundain yw costau rhentu preifat (sydd wedi cynyddu yn arafach yn Llundain). Hefyd, mae costau gofal plant wedi codi yn gyflymach ar draws y DU o’u cymharu â Llundain.  [2]

Erbyn hyn, mae dros 222 Cyflogwr Cyflog Byw wedi’u lleoli yng Nghymru ac mae’r rhain, o’u gwirfodd, wedi mynd cam ymhellach na Llywodraeth y DU, ac yn talu Cyflog Byw go-iawn; mae’r rhain yn cynnwys Burns Pet Food, Prifysgol Cymru y Drindod Dewi Sant, Cyngor Caerdydd a chyflogwr mawr y sector preifat, sydd newydd ei achredu, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water. Mae canghennau lu o enwau bob dydd megis Majestic, Lush a Nationwide hefyd yn talu’r gyfradd.

Yn Dundee a Glenrothes, yn gynharach eleni, y sefydlwyd y cysyniad o ‘Lefydd Cyflog Byw’, ond Caerdydd fydd yr ardal drefol fawr gyntaf yn y DU i ennill yr anrhydedd o fod yn Ddinas Cyflog Byw, diolch i’w gynllun uchelgeisiol i godi llawer mwy o weithwyr i safon gwirfoddol, uwch, go-iawn y Cyflog Byw. Lluniwyd y cynllun gan grŵp llywio o dan gadeiryddiaeth Arweinydd Cyngor Caerdydd a sy’n cynnwys uwch gynrychiolwyr y gymdeithas sifil a chyflogwyr lleol, ac erbyn 2022 mae’n anelu at gynyddu’r nifer o gyflogwyr Cyflog Byw achrededig a leolir yn y brifddinas o 100 i 150, i gynyddu’r nifer o swyddi a amdiffynir gan gyflogwyr Cyflog Byw achrededig i 48,000 (ar hyn o bryd tua 27,250 yw’r cyfanswm) ac annog cyflogwyr eiconig Caerdydd a’r sefydliadau ‘angor’ yng Nghaerdydd i fod yn gyflogwyr Cyflog Byw achrededig.

Erbyn hyn ar draws y DU mae £1.1 biliwn ychwanegol wedi mynd i bocedi gweithwyr cyflog-isel, ac mae’r wythnos Cyflog Byw hon yn gweld 210,00 o weithwyr yn derbyn codiad cyflog i gyfraddau Cyflog Byw newydd, diolch i bron i 6,000 o gyflogwyr Cyflog Byw go-iawn.

Er gwaetha’r newyddion da, mae ymchwil a wnaethpwyd gan IHG Markit ar ran KPMG wedi dangos maint yr her tlodi mewn gwaith yng Nghymru, gyda 241,000 (neu 21%) o’r holl swyddi yng Nghymru yn talu llai na’r Cyflog Byw go-iawn.

Dyma ddywedodd yr Athro Rachel Ashworth, Deon Ysgol Fusnes Caerdydd a Chadeirydd Tîm Arwain Cyflog Byw i Gymru:

“Rydym wrth ein boddau bod Caerdydd wedi ennill statws ‘Dinas Cyflog Byw’ – a diolch i waith caled ac ymroddiad Cyngor Caerdydd a’r tîm o gyflogwyr gan gynnwys, rwy’n falch i ddweud, fy nghyflogwr innau, Prifysgol Caerdydd, sydd wedi heplu i lunio’r cais ‘rydym yn arwain y ffordd. Nid mater o dicio blychau yw bod yn ‘Ddinas Cyflog Byw’ – mae’n golygu gweithredu cynllun i godi miloedd o weithwyr lleol allan o dlodi mewn gwaith dros y tair blynedd nesaf. Ni allwn wneud hyn ar ein pennau’n hunain – felly rwyf am annog unrhyw gyflogwr sydd wedi’i leoli yn y brifddinas i ymuno â ni, i fod yn gyflogwr Cyflog Byw achrededig, a’n helpu ni i wneud Caerdydd yn Ddinas Cyflog Byw”.


A dyma a ddywedodd El Bashir Idris, un o Arweinyddion Citizens Cymru, y mudiad sy’n arwain yr ymgyrch Cyflog Byw yng Nghymru:

“Mae’n hawdd meddwl am Gaerdydd fel lle ffyniannus ond, ar hyd ardaloedd deheuol y ddinas fe ddewch ar draws cymunedau fel fy nghymuned i, sef Butetown, lle y mae bron hanner y plant yn tyfu i fyny mewn tlodi. Mae bobl ifanc fel fi yn cael eu cynghori i astudio’n galed a gweithio’n galed, a byddwn yn dod o hyd i swydd dda – ond mae un o bob pump swydd yng Nghaerdydd yn talu llai na’r Cyflog Byw Go-iawn. Dyna’r rheswm y mae’r strategaeth i wneud Caerdydd yn Ddinas Cyflog Byw mor bwysig, a’r rheswm y bydd Citizens Cymru Wales yn trefnu gweithwyr cyflog-isel a’u teuluoedd fel eu bod yn gallu dylanwadu ar y cynllun Dinas Cyflog Byw, a sicrhau ei fod yn codi cyflog y bobl hynny sydd wir ei angen”.


Dyma oedd gan Mari Arthur, Cyfarwyddwr Cynnal Cymru, i’w ddweud:

“Ers bod Cynnal Cymru wedi bod yn rheoli’r broses achredu yng Nghymru ‘rydym wedi gweld cynnydd sylweddol mewn achredu a, tra ein bod yn dathlu’r cyflogwyr hynny sydd wedi cydnabod y cyfraniad gwerthfawr y mae eu cyflogai yn gwneud i’w sefydliadau, mae dal gormod o bobl yn derbyn cyflog tlodi yng Nghymru. Edrychwn ymlaen yr wythnos hon at godi ymwybyddiaeth o werth a buddion y Cyflog Byw Go-iawn, ac ‘rydym am annog pob cyflogwr i ystyried ymuno â’r 222 cyflogwr achrededig Cyflog Byw yng Nghymru”.


Dywedodd Chris Jones, Prif Weithredwr Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water:

“Ein gweithlu ni yw ein hased mwyaf a’n llysgenhadon gorau, felly mae sicrhau eu bod yn derbyn cyflog teg wrth wraidd ein dull dielw – felly, ‘rydym yn falch i gefnogi’r Living Wage Foundation yn ei genhadaeth.

Fel un o gyflogwyr mwyaf Cymru, ‘rydym am chwarae rhan weithredol, gadarnhaol yn y cymunedau ‘rydym yn eu gwasanaethu – ac mae hyrwyddo arfer gwaith teg yn allweddol os ‘rydym am wireddu hyn. Mae hyn o fudd i’n gweithlu, ac mae hefyd yn helpu ni i wireddu’n gweledigaeth o ennill ymddiriedaeth ein cwsmeriaid, a hynny’n feunyddiol”.


Dyma oedd gan Katherine Chapman, Cyfarwyddwr y Living Wage Foundation i’w ddweud:

“Bydd y cyfraddau Cyflog Byw newydd a gyhoeddir heddiw yn rhoi hwb i gyflogau miloedd o weithwyr ledled Cymru, ac mae hyn i’w groesawu. ‘Rydym hefyd mor falch o uchelgais Caerdydd i adeiladu dinas Cyflog Byw, a bod Caerdydd yn cynllunio i ddyblu, i bron 50,000, y nifer o weithwyr sy’n derbyn Cyflog Byw go-iawn, gan ryddhau llawer mwy o deuuoedd o fagl cyflog isel. Ein gobaith ni yw y byddwn yn gweld llawer mwy o drefi a dinasoedd yn efelychu’r fenter hon.”[:]

Sustainable Academy Awards 2019 shortlist announced


We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2019 Sustainable Academy Awards – celebrating sustainability excellence, innovation and leadership from across Wales. 24 finalists across eight categories have been chosen by our expert judging panel to go through to the public vote.

The Awards recognise the amazing people, projects and initiatives that are contributing towards the seven National Well-being Goals and the five Ways of Working described in the Well-being Future Generations Act.

Our judging panel included Rhodri Thomas, Cynnal Cymru; Rhys Jones, Renewable UK; Angharad Davies on behalf of EDF Energy; Nia Lloyd, Keep Wales Tidy; Ruth Marks, WCVA; David Brown ARUP and Petranka Maleva, Future Generations Commissioners Office.

The judges were particularly looking for projects and initiatives that clearly delivered on the principles of the Well-being of Future Generations Act as well as looking for examples that captured the imagination by going above and beyond.

Public Vote is now open!

Now it is over to you the public to help decide who will be this years winners. The public vote will count towards 60% of the overall score and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Thursday 28 November.

We hope you will be inspired by by our 24 finalists and please take the time to vote for your favourites in each category.

You can vote for your favourites until Wednesday 06 November.


Outstanding Renewable Energy – Sponsored by Welsh Government

  • BCB International Ltd – FIREDRAGON as a sustainable Ethanol based solid fuel
  • Innogy – Mynydd y Gwair Wind Farm
  • Egni Coop – Community owned solar

Outstanding Social Enterprise

  • Credu Charity Ltd – SeaQuest Coastal Science and Education Programme
  • Greenstream Flooring
  • RCMA Social Enterprise – Real Food! Real Life!

Sustainable Business

  • The Digital Pattern Library – accessible, sustainable fashion for all
  • Dyfi Distillery – Bringing gin production close to home
  • Oseng-Rees reflection – artisan interiors and architectural installations

Sustainable Community – Sponsored EDF

  • Sustainable Community at Cardiff Met University
  • Under the Bridge – Milford Youth Matters
  • Recycle4charity – Pembrokeshire Care, Share and Give

Sustainable Education or Training

  • Black Mountains Land Use Partnership – Mountain and Moorland Ambassadors
  • Severn Wye Energy Agency – Our Future’s People
  • Size of Wales & WCIA – MockCOP

Sustainable Procurement or Supply Chain – Sponsored ARUP

  • ARIA Bridal – Designing in sustainability from the start
  • Aberystwyth University – BEACON More taste, less salt, healthier lives
  • WRAP Cymru – Public Sector Sustainable Procurement Project

Sustainable Venue or Space – Sponsored by CECA Wales

  • Newydd Housing Association / Eggseeds -The Solar Powered Bench
  • LINC Cymru – Growing Green Spaces
  • SPECIFIC, Swansea University / BIPVco – Active Buildings

Sustainability Champion

  • Rachel Roberts
  • Meleri Davies
  • Paul Allen


SBE19 – Sustainable Built Environment Conference

The conference topics allowed delegates to increase their knowledge and skills related to climate change policies and actions, building design, renovation and retrofit issues and the performance of buildings and materials.

The conference included a series of key note speaker presentations, break-out sessions, workshops, a climate change round table debate and limited number of ‘on location’ visits demonstrating best practice.

About the SBE series

The conference was part of the International Sustainable Built Environment (SBE) Conference series established in 2000. The series operates on a three year cycle starting with a year of planning, followed by a year of national or regional conferences culminating in a single global event in year three. The series places a core emphasis on peer-reviewed papers, presentations of regional policy papers, displays of pre-evaluated projects and a small number of high-quality commercial exhibits. These events also provide fast-track inclusion of the best technical papers from national/regional conferences into the global event, as well as registration policies designed to encourage the attendance of students and delegates from developing countries.

In 2016 20 national/regional conferences took place with the World SBE17 held in Hong Kong in June 2017. In all of these conferences, one or more local research-based organisations took on the financial and organizational responsibility while the international series owners, CIB, iiSBE, FIDIC and UN Environment provided organisational advice and used their networks to ensure a large multi-disciplinary audience for the events.

Roll out the green carpet: Wales’ Sustainable Academy Awards are back!


A newly established awards ceremony celebrating Wales’ burgeoning sustainability and green energy sectors is back for its second year, Cynnal Cymru and RenewableUK Cymru have announced.

After the success of the inaugural event last year, the two organisations confirmed that the event will be now be an annual celebration of the excellent work being done by people and organisations across Wales. It will be held again at Principality Stadium, the low carbon home of Welsh Rugby,  on Thursday November 28th, 2019.

The Sustainable Academy is an exciting new initiative, founded by Cynnal Cymru and RenewableUK Cymru to bring together expertise from across the sustainability and green energy sectors in Wales. The awards, which span community, public and private sectors, celebrate sustainability and low carbon energy excellence, innovation and leadership across Wales; all the more relevant within the backdrop of a climate emergency.

Wales & West Utilities has confirmed it will resume its headline sponsorship of the event with Welsh Government and EDF renewable also returning as category sponsors.

Mari Arthur, Director of Cynnal Cymru, said:

“The Awards are my favourite event each year as we celebrate the voluntary commitments of community groups, individuals that champion initiatives through their own passion, and organisations that have made corporate decisions to do things better! Each and every finalist is delivering the Well-being of Future Generations and Environment Acts, from the ground up”.


Rhys Jones, Head of RenewableUK Cymru, said:

“How we deal with averting climate change comes down to taking affirmative action right here in Wales. The quality and level of interest we’ve seen in this event from the get-go shows that individuals, communities and businesses across Wales are mainstreaming sustainability as never before, and in ways which deliver significant direct and indirect benefits. As for the venue, it’s used to hosting world-leading acts so no doubt our award winners should feel right at home!” 


The nine categories are:

Sustainability Champion
Outstanding Renewable Energy Project
Sustainable Space
Sustainable Business
Sustainable Innovation in the Public Sector
Sustainable Community
Innovation in Sustainable Procurement or Supply Chain
Outstanding Social Enterprise
Sustainable Education or Training

Further information about entry criteria is on the Sustainable Academy Awards website:, together with details of how to enter.  Entries should be submitted by midnight on Sunday 15 September. Three entries per category will be shortlisted to be put to the public vote. These votes will be added to the results from a panel of independent judges to decide the winners. The judges’ decision is final. Shortlisted entries will be informed shortly after the closing date and winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 29 November 2018 in the Principality Stadium.

There are still opportunities to sponsor categories and various aspects of the event. To find out more details about what is available, please contact Lynsey Jackson on 029 2043 1746 or email



About Renewable UK Cymru

Renewable UK Cymru is a membership organisation promoting clean energy and sustainable infrastructure.  We make our members more successful, reduce barriers for community energy projects and engage with the public, Welsh Government and stakeholders.


About Cynnal Cymru

Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales is the leading organisation for Sustainable Development in Wales. Our mission is to make Wales a low carbon, resource efficient, healthy, just and prosperous society, thriving in balance with the natural ecosystems that support it. We facilitate the talent, skills and innovation of our people through our consultancy services, our events and training. We enable individuals, organisations and businesses in Wales to deliver measurable change and become leaders and pioneers for a better world.[:]

NUS Placements for Good – Take on a Student this Summer

[:en]Take on a Placement Student this Summer     

Be part of the National Union of Students’ new programme – Placements for Good.

Do you want to be part of a new and exciting pilot programme? Work with university level students and increase capacity to progress sustainability.

NUS are looking for forward thinking organisations who want to work with university level students for social, environmental and economic benefit. Join a network of organisations working to enhance partnership working with universities whilst exploring potential to make a positive impact through their work.

They will:

  • Take away the hassle of recruitment and ensure you are partnered with talented and highly motivated students
  • Support you and your placement student before (with pre-placement training), during and after the placement to make this a valuable opportunity for all
  • Work with you to design a programme of work that supports your organisation’s core business as well as increasing your capacity to progress the sustainability (environmental and ethical) impacts of your work.

Placement for Good works with local charities, public sector organisations and businesses to empower students from all backgrounds to innovate and progress sustainability through meaningful work placements. They are looking for organisations like yourselves to support this vision whilst benefiting from the fantastic contributions’ students can offer.

In 2019, they are working with Solent University Southampton, University Centre South Devon and University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s.


  • Placements to commence summer 2019
  • Applications open now


Use this link to access an overview of the programme, how it works and what it aims to achieve.

To register, please visit:

For more information or to discuss this further, get in touch with Meg – Senior Project Officer, Education for Sustainable Development:

 You may also be interested in Dissertations for Good, here is an overview of membership for your information.

If you would like to talk further, please direct any questions to Meg (


Womenspire 2019 – call for nominations

[:en]Womenspire recognises women’s achievements in every aspect of life, from personal achievements to outstanding contribution.

Chwarae Teg want to hear about as many remarkable women from across the nation as possible, so if you know an inspirational women, please nominate her today!

Not sure how to nominate? They’ve written some handy top tips to help you out.

Top tips!

Deadline for nominations is Thursday 14 March.


[:cy]Mae elusen cydraddoldeb rhywiol flaenllaw Cymru yn dathlu llwyddiannau menywod o bob cefnir a chyfnod mewn bywyd ar hyd a lled Cymru.

Mae Chwarae Teg am glywed am gymaint o fenywod anhygoel o bob rhan o’r wlad â phosib, felly os ydych chi’n nabod menyw ysbrydoledig, enwebwch hi heddiw!

Ddim yn siŵr sut i enwebu? Dyma ambell air o gyngor i’ch rhoi ar ben ffordd.

 Cynghorion defnyddiol!

Dydd Iau 14 Mawrth yw’r dyddiad cau ar gyfer enwebiadau

Y categorïau:



Workshop: How can funders and their grantees work together to tackle low pay in the charity sector?

[:en]The first ever report of Low Pay in the Charity Sector was published by the Living Wage Foundation last year. It found that 26.2% of people within the charity sector are paid less than the Living Wage – more than the average rate of 22% across other UK sectors. Within this, women, young people, part-time workers and BAME workers are disproportionately affected. The report suggests that the issue of low pay cannot be resolved without influencing the organisations that often have power over charities’ incomes – namely funders and commissioners. This is the main aim of the Living Wage Friendly Funders Accreditation scheme.

A webinar entitled Could you help Wales become a Living Wage Nation?  introduced the scheme and its aims, identified the necessary steps to accreditation and spoke about how Cynnal Cymru and the Living Wage Foundation can be at hand to help during every stage of the process. You can listen to the webinar in full. 

Cynnal Cymru and the Living Wage Foundation want to bring this discussion to the third sector – and what better place to do that than at WCVA‘s annual third sector gathering – gofod3. Unlike any other event in Wales, it is a space to learn from each other, to motivate and inspire. A rare opportunity for the third sector to come together and promote change in Wales. This is what we hope to do in relation to improving pay conditions within the sector. WCVA were also the first Welsh funder to sign up to the scheme.

Low pay within the charity and voluntary sector administers a particularly poignant sting as the people working within the sector are working toward social justice for others whilst not earning enough for a decent standard of living themselves. Earning below a Real Living wage can often exasperate the very social problems that third sector workers aim to combat and it is important that charities and funders operate with their charitable objectives in mind and in-line with their values and standards. A commitment to responsible and fair pay from those that hold the power and influence will lead to a more resilient and thriving sector. This is discussed by Friendly Funder the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. 

If you work for a funder or commissioner or within the third sector, please attend this workshop to join the discussion and find out how you can help those within your sector experience fair pay and better well-being. Everyone within the sector can play a part in securing pay rises for charity workers, which will in turn afford them the fairness they work toward.

Workshop Details 

Who is it for?

All are welcome, whether to share third sector experience or simply find out more.


gofod3 – Cardiff City Stadium


March 21st 2019

12:30 – 1:30

How do I book?

Register for the day and workshop here. 

There are plenty of other workshops available to attend and a bustling exhibition space.

 [:cy]Y llynedd, cyhoeddodd y Living Wage Foundation yr adroddiad cyntaf erioed o Gyflog Isel yn y Sector Elusennol. Canfu fod 26.2% o bobl yn y sector elusennol yn cael eu talu lai na’r Cyflog Byw – sy’n fwy na chyfradd gyfartalog sectorau eraill yn y Deyrnas Unedig, sef 22%. O fewn hyn, mae menywod, pobl ifanc, gweithwyr rhan amser a gweithwyr BAME yn teimlo’r effaith yn fwy nag eraill. Awgryma’r adroddiad na ellir datrys problem cyflog isel heb ddylanwadu ar y mudiadau sy’n aml â phŵer dros incwm elusennau – sef cyllidwyr a chomisiynwyr.

Cyflwynodd weminar o’r enw a Allech Chi Helpu Cymru i ddod yn genedl Cyflog Byw? y cynllun a’u nodau, adnabod y camau angenrheidiol i achredu a siarad am sut all Cynnal Cymru a’r sefydliad Cyflog Byw eich helpu yn ystod pob rhan o’r proses. Rydych chi’n gallu gwrando ar y weminar.

Mae Cynnal Cymru a’r Sefydliad Cyflog Byw eisiau dod a’r drafodaeth i’r drydedd sector – a does dim lle gwell na’r hwb blynyddol y sector gofod3 gan CGGC. Mae’n lle unigryw i ddysgu, ysgogi ac ysbrydoli ein gilydd. Cyfle arbennig i’r drydedd sector dod at ei gilydd a hybu newid yng Nghymru. Dyma sut yr ydyn ni’n gobeithio cyflawni o gwmpas amodau tal o fewn y sector. Roedd CGGC y cyllidwr Cymreig cyntaf i achredu gyda’r cynllun.

Mae tal isel o fewn y sector elusennol a gwirfoddol yn boenus mewn modd teimladwy achos nad yw’r bobl sydd yn gweithio i gyfiawnder cymdeithasol i eraill yn ennill digon o arian am safon go-lew o fyd eu hunain. Yn ennill llai na’r cyflog byw go iawn yn gallu gwaetha problemau cymdeithasol mae’r gweithwyr y drydedd sector eisiau lleihau. Mae’n bwysig bod elusennau a chyllidwyr yn gweithredu gan ystyried eu nodau elusennol ac ochr yn ochr â gwerthoedd a safonau. Ymrwymiad i dal teg a chyfrifol oddi wrth y rhai sy gyda’r pŵer a dylanwad yn gallu arwain at sector hydwyth a llewyrchus. Mae cyllidwr cefnogi cyflog byw Sefydliad Paul Hamlyn y trafod y syniadau hyn.

Os ydych chi’n gweithio i gyllidwr neu gomisiynwr neu o fewn y drydedd sector, dewch i’r gweithdy i ymuno a’r drafodaeth a ffeindiwch ma’s sut y gallech chi’n helpu pobl o fewn eich sector i brofi tal teg a llesiant gwell. Gall pawb yn y sector chwarae rôl i sicrhau codi tal i weithwyr elusen, sy’n gallu fforddio nhw’r tegwch eu bod nhw’n gweithio ati.

Manylion y gweithdy

Mae croeso i bawb, i rannu profiad neu ddod o hyd i fwy o wybodaeth.


gofod3 – Stadiwm Dinas Caerdydd


Mawrth 21ain 2019

Sut ydw i’n archebu lle?

Archebwch eich lle yma.

Mae gweithdai eraill i fynychu a bydd gofod arddangos bywiog.





2019 Champion Awards open for nominations!

[:en]The 2019 Champion Awards are open! 

The Living Wage Champion Awards celebrate individuals and organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to the Living Wage movement. The Living Wage Foundation welcomes applications from their whole network, big or small, as they recognise the success of the movement is built by champions like you!

The Awards are open to all accredited Living Wage Employers, Recognised Service Providers and individuals who have gone above and beyond to promote the real Living Wage. Have a look at the categories below and use the applicant guidance to ensure your nomination meets the criteria.



Open to individuals or teams working for Living Wage Employers/ Recognised Service Providers that have shown exceptional leadership over the last year by promoting the Living Wage in their industry and supply chains, leading more employers to pay the real Living Wage.


Open to individuals or teams working for Living Wage Employers or Recognised Service Providers who have shown leadership on the Living Wage in an industry with high levels of low pay. These include; retail, hospitality, care, cleaning, security, manufacturing and temporary recruitment agencies.


Open to individuals, teams and community groups that have successfully campaigned for uptake of the Living Wage and as a result grown the Living Wage movement.


Open to Living Wage Employers, especially Local Authorities or groups of Employers who have successfully driven take-up of the real Living Wage in a particular place/area.


Open to Living Wage organisations that use their funding and grant-making processes to promote the real Living Wage, as part of the Foundation’s Living Wage Friendly Funder scheme. This award will recognise those that have helped done the most to tackle low pay in sectors reliant on grant funding, such as charities and the arts.


Open to Living Wage Employers that have shown exceptional leadership in tackling in-work poverty and improving the wellbeing of their lower paid employees, by putting in place measures to tackle insecurity and underemployment as well as low pay, and offering policies to improve job security and work-life balance alongside the real Living Wage.

Finally…Get your employees to nominate you!

The Living Wage movement, at its heart, is about the workers who benefit from receiving a wage that is enough to live on. Therefore this award is all about who they think deserves to be recognised as an outstanding employer. This award will be open to nominations from employees at Living Wage organisations, who will be invited to make the case for why their Living Wage Employer or Recognised  Service Provider deserves to be recognised as an excellent place to work for all employees and sub-contracted staff.


Top Tips to a Sustainable Business in 2019


January is often a time of resolutions and lifestyle changes, we often make commitments to ourselves on a personal level. It is also possible to apply the same level of reflection and ambition within the organisation you work for.

Making these changes can improve your business’ corporate social responsibility CSR, all the while enriching the lives of colleagues, employees, clients and perhaps in turn, doing your bit for the environment and local economies and communities.

Here are just a few steps you can  take to make a real difference your organisation this year:


Develop a Low-impact Catering Policy

Reducing your meat and animal product consumption can be a great way to undo some of the health damages of the excess of Christmas. It also, considerably reduces your carbon footprint and can lead to more permanent life-style changes for a healthier and more considerate future.

Choosing to go vegetarian or vegan is a big change even when considering the health and environmental benefits, so if you don’t get buy-in for a fully vegan work place you can choose instead to eat at establishments with Vegan options or specialist Vegan restaurants for work-related social events.

Buying in catering to your work-place or for work events can also be carbon-intensive, whether that is with heavy use of animal products, or plastics in the packaging and transportation.  A simple way to reduce this impact is to specify a vegetarian/vegan food options when planning events and to be mindful about any waste that occurs.

Here at Cynnal Cymru we have a vegetarian food policy for all of our events, choosing to source locally and working with local suppliers where possible. We also opt for jugs of water over plastic bottles and single-use plastic cups.

At our recent Sustainable Academy Awards; Cardiff Metropolitan University won the Sustainable Procurement Award for their collaborative approach with their ‘Plastic free pledge‘. Working with your own customers, staff and suppliers is a key part of this process and encouraging them to make small changes in line with your own policies means together you can find better solutions to doing things differently.


 Join a Growing Movement for Real Living Wage

The Real Living Wage, not to be confused with the Government Living Wage, is a rate of pay, independently calculated according to the cost of living. The Government’s Minimum and Living Wages do not consider the cost of living and have instead been agreed by trade unions (minimum) or a percentage of median earnings (Government Living).

By reading more about the Living Wage Foundation (Cynnal Cymru-Sustain Wales are the official partner in Wales) and promoting the accreditation scheme within your organisation and networks, you will be working toward ending low and unfair pay and fighting to ensure that work is a sure way out of poverty.

There is already a great network of employers in Wales who fully support the scheme and its work but we need more organisations, across all sectors to get involved to improve pay conditions for as many as possible.

If you would like your organisation to become accredited or would like to help @LivingWageWales promote the scheme and its message please get in touch with


Champion Volunteering!

Cynnal Cymru is working with the Wales Council for Voluntary Action WCVA to provide practical information and support to businesses on how they can embed activities such as volunteering into their sustainability strategy. A key part of this work is supporting young people through the #iwill campaign – At the core of the #iwill campaign is the belief that young people aren’t just the leaders of tomorrow – they have the ideas, energy and ability to change the world today.

#iwill campaign promotion

For businesses, supporting volunteering days for your employees, providing volunteering opportunities and positively recognising volunteering as a core skill in your recruitment process can have multiple benefits for your staff, business and wider community.

For volunteers, the list of benefits is almost endless, as individuals that volunteer build personal and professional skills, improve their wellbeing and increase their understanding of others.

As a business this can increase your brand and reputation as part of your wider CSR, in turn attracting better new recruits and contributes to a healthy and happy workforce.

Visit our volunteering resources web page to find a list of tool kits and guides on to get you started as well as links to volunteering opportunities and funding.

Find out how you can support young people through volunteering – support the #iwill campaign

Share your volunteering story – we are looking for good practice stories to share on our website, so please get in contact.


Becoming Carbon Literate

The Welsh Government’s Economic Action Plan, the Well-being of Future Generations and the Environment Acts are giving a clear signal: Wales is committed to meeting the challenge of a low carbon future. Your organisation could establish its leadership credentials in their field by becoming “Carbon Literate.”

The Carbon Literacy Project aims to ensure that everyone who works, lives, or studies in Wales has the opportunity to learn about the causes and consequences of global warming and the ways that individuals, organisations and communities can take action in response.

This peer to peer, shared learning method enables people to explore what the reality of climate change means for them at home and in work.  Equipped with the facts on how human activity, weather and climate are inter-related, individuals, communities and organisations are helped to take action to reduce emissions, devise positive responses, and influence others.

The “Carbon Literacy Project” has achieved international recognition and is now an established movement for change in greater Manchester, the BBC, BAFTA and Scotland, Canada, Holland and France. Cynnal Cymru is the official partner of the Carbon Literacy project in Wales. We are offer certified Carbon Literacy training through a certified trainer. Public Health Wales, The National Museum of Wales, and Community Housing Cymru are some of the organisations who have joined the project through our training.

Individuals can do one of our ‘Open’ training days, or whole teams can learn together to change their organisation’s culture. Giving colleagues this opportunity to learn together and develop a set of practical responses will ultimately save the organisation money, make it more resilient, improve the its reputation and enthuse and motivate staff.

The next Open Courses are being held on January 31st and February 14th.

To find out more about Carbon Literacy Training please contact


Greening your Organisation

A key driver in investing time, energy, and sometimes money, in making your organisation more energy efficient, waste-conscious, and resource-light is that it delivers bottom-line cost savings that can be used to fund your key services or mission.

However, these actions will also play a part in helping tackle some of our most pressing global challenges, safeguarding access to resources and quality of life for future generations.

Invest in Nature have a wealth of online resources available to all that include how to reduce overheads by responsible resource use and how to encourage a healthy work environment whilst indoors. This can also boost staff well-being, creativity and productivity as this short animation demonstrates.

To find out more about how you can Green your organisation please see[:]

Living Wage Week 2018


Living Wage Week 2018 has been the biggest yet! From all the Living Wage team UK wide and Cynnal Cymru-Sustain Wales, we would like to say a huge thank you! 

Wales Events

Monday 5th November 2018

Our director Mari Arthur started off the week with a BBC Radio Cymru studio interview on Post Cyntaf to launch Living Wage Week in Wales. Post Cyntaf is the Welsh language breakfast show that shares the latest news from Wales and beyond. Mari’s interview can be accessed on the Radio Cymru website until the 4th December on this archive and the Living Wage item starts at 23:40.

It was then on to the Business Breakfast launch event at Big Moose Coffee, Cardiff and sponsored by Knox and Wells, to hear from speakers from the Living Wage Leadership Team and the announcement of the new rates for Wales by Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales as £9.

The event was hosted by Rachel Cable, Head of Oxfam Cymru who presented the different speakers and continually showed her support for the Real Living Wage as a practical solution in tackling poverty.

Professor Edmund Heery from Cardiff Business School then gave a Progress Report on how far Wales has come in increasing the number of accredited employers in the last year with breakdowns on how many people in Wales are covered by a Living Wage Accreditation (39,107) and beneficiaries (6,203).

Mari Arthur then spoke to accredited employers and the employees that have benefited from receiving a Real Living Wage. This included Professor Elizabeth Treasure, Vice-Chancellor of newly accredited Aberystwyth University. The second University in Wales to gain their accreditation and ensure a Living Wage is paid across their workforce. Professor Treasure urged other universities to follow-suit and ensured all that with board or governor-level support accreditation is not as difficult as you may imagine at the start of the process.

We then heard from Mohamed Cheggaf who is a security worker at Aberystwyth University who spoke of the increase in the cost of living and how every penny counted in creating a decent standard of living for him and his family.

Mari also interviewed our bigmoose hosts Jeff and Chloe Smith –  on why they chose to be a Living Wage Employer from their offset earlier in the year. Both employers spoke with a genuine regard for their employees and their well-being and Chloe Smith also added that bigmoose chose to accredit in order to lead by example and show that if smaller businesses and not-for-profits can afford to accredit then the bigger organisations definitely can!

Meg Phillips is employed by bigmoose and at the young age of 20 and after having worked low-paid jobs in the past, understood the importance of being paid a Living Wage and the impact it can have on quality of life. It meant that she can both enjoy life (including taking her family on holiday) and save for a house, a luxury afforded to very few 20 year olds in the current economy.

It was then time for the official announcement of the new rate from Carwyn Jones, First Minister for Wales and these were revealed as £9 for Wales (and UK) and £10.55 for London. The First Minister spoke proudly of his support for the Living Wage campaign and his part in the accreditation of the Welsh Assembly in 2001 and how governments work best when they truly listen to those working on the ground. Work that was later recognised in the form of a special recognition award presented by Dave Horton from Citizens Cymru Wales.

There was then time for photo opportunities, media interviews and networking among a dedicated group of responsible employers, politicians in support of the Living Wage and academics and professionals pushing the agenda for a fair day’s pay.

Tuesday 6th November 

On the Tuesday of Living Wage week Jane Hutt AM organised a meeting on the Senedd Steps for Assembly Members to show their support for the Living Wage. Despite the grey weather, there was a great turn-out with much discussion and some Assembly Members choosing to make video messages of support. You can see videos below from Jane Hutt AM, Leanne Wood AM and Vaughan Gething AM.


Jane Hutt LW video from Bethan Harvey on Vimeo.

Leanne Wood LW video from Bethan Harvey on Vimeo.

Vaughan Gething Living Wage Video from Bethan Harvey on Vimeo.


The Art of the Possible is one of the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales main programmes of work, that aims to shine a light on good work that improving well-being across our communities. As part of the programme the office of the Future Generations Commissioner has presented a series of simple changes that public bodies can implement in order to maximise their contribution to the seven well-being goals. One of the simple changes is that public services become a Living Wage employer contributing to the following well-being goals, A Prosperous Wales, A Globally Responsible Wales and a more equal Wales.

Bethan Harvey – Projects and Events Administrator for Cynnal Cymru and Accreditation officer for the Living Wage in Wales spoke on the subject and how public bodies can lead by example in the payment of the Living Wage, you can read more on this here.

Wednesday 7th November 

On the Wednesday of Living Wage Week the Living Wage for Wales Leadership team met and some members stayed for our networking lunch with WCVA (Wales’ first Friendly Funder) and opened our shared office space to champions of the Living Wage from the Living Wage  Cardiff Council, WCVA and responsible employers from the industries of construction, communications and credit unions.

Thursday 8th November

Thursday saw a planning meeting taking place on the subject of Cardiff’s potential as a Living Wage City which would require that a high enough percentage of employers from across industries and sectors paying a Living Wage for Wales’ capital city to become a Living Wage Place. As you can see the meeting was attended by Mark Drakeford AM, Sue Hurrell Special Projects Manager with the Welsh Government and part of the Living Wage for Wales Leadership Team, John Paxton from Cardiff Council and Ed Heery from Cardiff University and Cynnal Cymru-Sustain Wales Director- Mari Arthur. This was back-dropped by the Living Wage Foundation flags being flown from Cardiff Castle (as they did for the week’s duration).

Living Wage Week in Wales 2018 was a great success, raising profile for the movement and resulting in some new organisations publicly showing their support. As the accrediting body in Wales and an organisation that believes in social justice, fair pay and the well-being of future generations; Cynnal Cymru-Sustain Wales look forward to the continued growth of the movement and co-working with all those in support of the payment of a real Living Wage – paying a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.

Living Wage Week Accreditations in Wales

Aberystwyth University 

Aberystwyth now join Cardiff as Wales’ accredited universities. As an employer of over 2000 people they are a strong driving force of Ceredigion’s economy and it is great to see them come on board during Living Wage Week.


Rockwool are a construction company with almost 500 employees that have made an official and public commitment to paying a Living Wage for all.

Institute of Welsh Affairs 

IWA are an independent think tank working to make Wales better. We come up with practical ideas to improve the economy, education and health, including championing the payment of a Living Wage.[:]

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