The League Against Cruel Sports has been named as one of the best charities to work for in a prestigious new scheme.

The League, a leading national animal welfare charity, was recognised in the inaugural Third Sector Best Charities to Work For scheme, which seeks to find the best employers in the sector.

It was ranked 12th best in the country, based on research undertaken before the coronavirus pandemic hit the UK.

Charities are evaluated on their overall employee satisfaction ratings as well as their employment policies.

Andy Knott MBE, CEO at the League Against Cruel Sports, said:

“Our employees are the heart of our organisation; we put animals first by putting our people first.

“I want to pay tribute to a cracking team that bring real purpose and spirit to the Charity.

“Success is celebrated widely throughout the organisation and most importantly, our increasingly regular wins are attributed to our team, as well as individual effort.

“We’re delighted to be recognised as an employer of choice in the charity sector.”

The League is committed to tackling animal cruelty in the name of ‘sport’.

It has developed a set of values for staff to be ‘compassionate, credible, courageous and collaborative’ in order to be ‘catalysts for change’, working with politicians and influencers to dominate the debate. This has led to the organisation’s key concerns being raised in parliament and in the media more often in recent years and since the fox hunting ban came into force in 2005.

The League invests heavily in staff. During the last two years, pay and conditions have vastly improved, including a full office refurbishment, new IT, better pension (fully non-contributory) and it has made a huge investment in training and development which is reflected in strong individual and team performances.

The League’s 2019 internal staff survey had a response rate of 88% suggesting strong engagement and the results also demonstrated trust levels of 90% in the CEO. In terms of staff satisfaction and morale, the Third Sector survey commissioned for the scheme showed 91% of staff are very satisfied with their employer and 98% are willing to give extra effort to help the organisation succeed.

Staff have benefited from varied training and a new culture of coaching pervades. Employees are listened to and all managers have an open-door policy.

Its staff satisfaction survey gives employees the opportunity to give anonymous feedback, as does the virtual suggestion box.

The bi-monthly ‘CEO all staff calls’ provide a popular means of communication and give staff the opportunity to feedback and share views. Staff are encouraged to use their initiative and mistakes are treated as part of the learning process.

The survey of the League and the other charities taking place in the scheme was carried out by the specialist research firm Best Companies Group. Entry to the scheme is free.

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The League Against Cruel Sports is Britain's leading charity that works to stop animals being persecuted, abused and killed for sport. The League was instrumental in helping bring about the landmark Hunting Act. We carry out investigations to expose law-breaking and cruelty to animals and campaign for stronger animal protection laws and penalties. We work to change attitudes and behaviour through education and manage sanctuaries to protect wildlife. Find out more about our work at www.league.org.uk. Registered charity in England and Wales (no.1095234) and Scotland (no.SC045533).