Mitie has gained silver status for inclusion and diversity, awarded by the Inclusive Employers Standard.
The facilities management company, which has around 68,000 employees, received the accreditation after its first submission in recognition of its dedication to promoting Equality Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) within the organisation.
To achieve the standard, Mitie was measured against six pillars of diversity and inclusion, which included Engage, Equip, Empower, Embed, Evaluate and Evolve.
According to the business, the accreditation is a “reflection of Mitie’s significant investment in ED&I initiatives”. Other initiatives implemented at the firm include a conscious inclusion learning programme, Count Me In, a school volunteering project called Giving Back and Ready2Work, which offers work experience for people who have encountered barriers to employment.
In addition to these schemes, Mitie has six employee networks that promote inclusion across the company, encouraging conversations about diversity among colleagues.
Mitie has also recently implemented its Inclusion Allies programme, which aims to empower staff to drive inclusion forward within the company and act as allies for various diverse groups.
Sim Sian, Head of ED&I, Mitie, said: “Gaining the Inclusive Employers Standard Silver Accreditation is a huge achievement and highlights the great work we are doing to embed equality, diversity and inclusion into our culture.
“We know our diversity makes us stronger, so we’re proud to have our position as a leading British business for ED&I recognised, as we continue our focus on ensuring Mitie is an inclusive business.”
The company’s latest achievement follows a silver award for Community Programme of the Year at the UK Social Mobility Awards and Giving Back ranking 17th in the Top 50 Inclusive UK employer for the fifth consecutive year.