Leidos UK achieves Inclusive Employers Standard accreditation
Leidos UK has achieved bronze accreditation with the Inclusive Employer’s Standard (IES), the UK’s leading voluntary benchmark on workplace inclusion, following the group’s first assessment.
“Achieving bronze accreditation is a fantastic achievement on our journey to embedding inclusion throughout our workplace,” said Alison Noon-Jones, vice president & human resources director at Leidos UK. "Every day we are learning and evolving our inclusive practices. This accreditation reflects how far we’ve come and gives us an excellent independent benchmark to build on.”
Inclusive Employers supports organisations to develop and deliver their inclusion and diversity strategies. An ongoing process, the IES is an objective and evidence-based accreditation tool designed to support companies in measuring, monitoring, and continuously improving their progress towards becoming a more inclusive employer. The IES has over 300 member organisations from a wide range of public and private sectors. In order to gain accreditation, organisations must undergo a thorough assessment of their inclusion and diversity programme, activities and policies, covering 35 questions and a high volume of evidence across six pillars of inclusion.
“Congratulations to Leidos UK on achieving the Inclusive Employers Standard accreditation for the first time,” said Rupert Moyne, managing director of corporate services at Inclusive Employers. “The evidence has shown Leidos UK to be an organisation with a strong commitment to inclusion and diversity, open to learning and evolving their practices, and very supportive and empowering of everyone to take ownership and participate in the journey. With support and advice from the IES, Leidos UK can now further explore what is working well, where to focus future efforts, and which areas to prioritise to unlock opportunities and accelerate progress.”
The recognition demonstrates Leidos UK’s ongoing commitment to making inclusion and diversity integral to the way it operates. In 2021, the group led several key inclusion and diversity initiatives, such as developing new internal inclusive training options, launching a central inclusion employee hub, growing Employee Resource Groups (ERG), hosting inclusion and diversity panel sessions and workshops, and partnering with colleagues, customers, inclusion specialists, and other organisations. Looking ahead, Leidos UK will continue to build on its efforts while using the Inclusive Employers Standard accreditation as a guiding point for future direction.