The Best Practice Charter Programme

The PiPA Best Practice Charter Programme is for organisations who share our passion for performing arts and desire for equal access to work for all. The aim is to empower organisations to identify unique working practices and opportunities that are appropriate and sustainable within the specific remit of each organisation.

 

The PiPA Best Practice Charter, supporting framework and toolkit have been developed over two years in partnership with leading organisations from the theatre sector, supported by Arts Council England and PiPA Strategic Partners. It is based on rigorous research conducted in partnership with the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and the Department of Organisational Psychology at Birkbeck University. It has been tried, tested and refined in partnership with many leading UK Performing Arts organisations to ensure the resources are adaptable and sustainable for all sizes and scales of organisations.

 

Increased Business Resilience

Supporting carers and parents is proven to:

  • Attract talent
  • Retain talent
  • Promote a people-centred culture
  • Increase diversity
  • Increase gender balance
  • Promote workplace agility
  • Increase employee engagement
  • Enhance well-being and work-life-balance

Patricia Okenwa, Credit: Alex Rumford

 

Best Practice Charter Programme

The Charter Programme focuses on three areas of development: Policies, Working Practices and Resources in order to take a multi faceted approach to implementing effective and sustainable strategies.

Participating organisations will follow a tried and tested framework, designed by the Industry, to work towards the Best Practice Charter Points. PiPA will facilitate the process by providing the following:

  • PiPA Baseline Survey to assess existing policies and working practices
  • Internal Focus Groups to evaluate the needs of staff as well as managers
  • A bespoke Action Plan, specific to the needs of the organisation
  • Monitoring and evaluation framework
  • Access to a practical toolkit and case studies
  • Ongoing support
  • Opportunities for shared learning with a peer-to-peer network
  • Profiling and press opportunities
  • PiPA Symposiums and events
  • PiPA Accreditation and Industry recognition for achievements
  • Access to UK wide emergency child and elder care scheme (additional costs may apply)

 

Accreditation

The Charter Programme comprises of three phases with PiPA Accreditation reflecting the stage an organisation is at: REVIEW (‘Bronze’),  TRIAL (‘Silver’) and EMBED (‘Gold’)The accreditation process will be determined by a monitoring and evaluation framework, baseline survey and points system.

 

Sign Up

For further information or to sign up please email PiPA Co-founder Anna Ehnold-Danailov at pipacampaign@gmail.com

 

PIPA Best Practice Charter participating organisations to date:

Belgrade Theatre, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Donmar Warehouse, Dundee Rep Theatre, English Touring Theatre, Hull Truck Theatre, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse Theatres, Lyric Hammersmith, Mercury Theatre, National Theatre, National Theatre of Scotland, National Theatre Wales, Northern Stage, Nottingham Playhouse, Ovalhouse Theatre, Royal Court Theatre, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Globe, Sheffield Theatres, Stellar Quines Theatre Company, Tangled Feet Theatre Company, The Old Vic, Theatre by the Lake and Theatr Clwyd