Who are Britain’s Most Inclusive Employers?

The UK’s most inclusive companies revealed…

In a fractured society, during challenging times and with the effects of austerity increasing, the need for diverse practice becomes ever more important.

During Thursday’s glittering ceremony, television presenter June Sarpong MBE took centre stage at the Midland Hotel in Manchester to reveal those companies that have thought beyond diversity to inclusion.

Compiled by a dedicated panel of judges, the list has been collated based on each organisations performance in a range of areas within the diversity arena. Organisations featured have provided sufficient evidence on an amalgamation of topics including recruitment procedures, training and a host of diversity related initiatives.

Mental health and wellbeing charity Touchstone were ranked No. 1 for a second year running in recognition of their continued dedication to workplace diversity.

Alison Lowe, CEO of Touchstone accepting the 2017 IT50 Award for being ranked no.1

“The most successful and prosperous employers understand the value and rewards of harnessing diverse talent” said Founder & CEO, Paul Sesay. “Those featured on the definitive list of the UK’s most inclusive employers are leading the way in providing inclusive workplaces where everyone feels empowered to be the very best they can be. Congratulations to Touchstone for your excellent practice”.

Founding Partner, Rullion revealed the rankings to the audience stating “The UK companies on the list are showing by their actions that they are integrating what they believe into how they operate creating an inclusive culture, which begins at the very top of the organisation” said Donna Herdsman, EMEA Partnership Manager.

Richard Chapman-Harris, Global D&I Manager for Mott MacDonald and member of the IT50 advisory panel said, “The list showcases a rich mix of organisations all committed to creating an inclusive experience for their staff and also for their service users, clients and communities. The breadth and depth of equality, diversity and inclusion efforts amongst the listed companies is inspiring with many positive lessons to be learned by other organisations”.

Vanessa Vallely, Founder of WeAreTheCity added, “As we all know we have a long way to go before we achieve parity and equality for all; however it is heartening to see the continued drive for change from so many amazing organisations. Well done to all”.

Ernst & Young (2nd) the Open University (3rd) Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue Service (4th) and The Royal Bank of Scotland (5th) were listed in the top 5 most inclusive companies nationwide.

Click HERE to view the full 2017 List

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