We are a not for personal profit company. This means that directors are paid a salary just like other employees and any profit made is used to grow the company and further support our great charities. As truth is one of our founding principles we are passionate about transparency within business. Below you can see what these salaries are for everyone in the company, and also you can view our financial history as a company (pre gift Economy) and we will continue to upload all of our end of year reports going forwards. We feel strongly that high director wages do not support our ethics and that directors or shareholders will never get rich from the donations you choose to give the company.
We have spent a lot of time recently deciding which business / charity model best fits what we want to achieve. When your main business activity is the "retailing products" you cant legally register as a charity. Although we considered changing to a Community Interest Company or C.I.C we have decided that staying as a limited company gives us the best flexibility and control over the company, our goals and motivations are the same regardless of our classification. To help customers understand what goes into the calculation of our "ACTUAL COST" we created the below info-graph. Our actual cost is the amount that we need to receive from every customer in a year to operate at a 5-10% profit margin which allows for small growth and repairs.
Unlike most other fast food companies everyone is paid above the living wage and the directors wage will never be more than 2 times that of an entry level employee. This is something that we are still feeling our way through and figuring out. It may change going forwards, but the change would only be to lower this 2 : 1 ratio not to increase it.
Happy Maki has always put ethics at the heart of what we do, with a review of our employment ethics in 2018 we became a Living Wage Employer. This involves working with the Living Wage Foundation to ensure we pay the real living wage ensuring the employment we offer allows our staff to live a well-balanced lifestyle, with wages that meet the cost of living, not just the government minimum living wage & staff welfare.
We now pay over the living wage with Ninja hourly rates being £10.00 an hour minimum, plus holiday pay. Hospitality and catering work is very labour intensive and so companies often make the cuts on labour costs to save/ make money. We dont feel that just paying the living wage is very generous neither does it properly reflect the amount of work that is put in. At Happy Maki everyone is expected to take on a similar level of responsibility and quality of work, this is reflected in the amount that we pay our team. On top of living wage each staff member is gifted a meal for the shift that they work, although this is not part of the contract and can be removed if we feel the gift is being taken for granted or abused.
Our Staff have individual meetings with management throughout the year to help maintain an honest and open flow of communication between all members of staff. Feedback on staff’s performance we feel is very important to their happiness in the workplace and also to general personal development. We can learn a lot about ourselves from how we choose to act as an employee. We now always try and deal with issues as and when they arise, and place more importance on the individuals motive and desire to treat others kindly rather than focusing more on their ability to do the job well. We are constantly working on improving how we can be more a more responsible employer, especially when it comes to training and maintaining consistency between our thoughts and our actions.
We have always tried to keep focused on what is best for our communities and planet. Whether that be our global community and environment or on a more local scale. As we are all experiencing, humanity’s global impact, which is not about to slow down and if we believe that we are in a position of abundance, then boarders shouldn’t stop us from doing the best we can to help. Happy Maki feels the most effective way to achieve the best results is to let those who do it well continue their great work.
At Happy Maki we make great sushi, and in doing so we will continue to donate towards Mary’s Meals and Eden Reforestation Project, regardless of the donation amounts that we receive. Ensuring our global community is being well educated and economic funds are being put in the hands of the most affected communities. To date the company has donated over £51,000 (as of February 2021).
On a local scale, from our base in Brighton, our new model of “Gift Economy" will benefit those who are economically challenged and are not in a position to be able to afford to eat at a healthy vegan restaurant. With our sushi offered as a gift, and no obligation to pay for the meal. We will ensure a healthy, filling meal can be provided in a warm and comfortable environment, and we hope by working with local charities we can ensure our reach is as far and impactful as possible.