We are proud to announce that we have become the first organisation in the world to be awarded the new International ISO standard for Diversity and Inclusion (ISO 30415:2021: Human Resource Management – Diversity and Inclusion).
Launched only a couple of months ago, the achievement of the standard demonstrates our team’s continued commitment to living the values of diversity and inclusivity.
The assessment process scrutinises how well diversity and inclusion is established and practiced at all levels in the organisation. It encourages employers to not only to improve on their internal practice, but to extend the principles of diversity and inclusion to the organisation’s interactions with clients, customers, suppliers, and communities.
Those who have been assessed for ISO standards will know that a commitment to these values isn’t enough on its own; training, developing objectives, practices and processes are needed to ensure a robust and consistent application of valuing diversity and inclusion.
Our assessment included the assessor having conversations centred around culture, internal and external processes and the consistency of their application alongside continuous improvement. We’re proud to have demonstrated an established culture of valuing diversity and inclusivity across all levels of the organisation and extending this to our clients, suppliers and communities. Training was high on the agenda, with our learning team regularly delivering team training on unconscious bias and dignity at work.
Darren Maw (Chairman) said: “The Standard is integral to us as an organisation. We’re not in it for the PR or to jump through hoops; it’s a true reflection of our culture and values in an organisation and team I am immensely proud of.
Our first-hand experience of truly embedding inclusion into the business strategy has had a significant impact on our colleagues, community, and the organisation as a whole. We’re now looking forward to continuing to help more of our clients do the same”
The process is deservedly extensive but delivered flexibly and with a level of informality that made those in these conversations comfortable and open. The Vista team that guided the organisation through the assessment process will be hosting a webinar in the coming weeks, to provide more information about the benefits of the standard, their experiences and providing some new ideas of how organisations can improve and be consistent in their commitment to diversity and inclusion.
You can register your interest here.