Hays have achieved the National Equality Standard (NES), one of the UK’s most rigorous and prestigious accreditations for equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I). The accreditation puts Hays in a select group of 20 organisations nationwide to have gained the NES, recognising our long-term commitment to building a culture of meritocracy and diversity.
As part of the assessment Hays demonstrated excellent capability across seven standards and 45 associated competencies.
“At Hays we have always been proud of being a meritocracy, where the best can succeed regardless of their background,” says Nigel Heap, managing director, Hays UK & Ireland. “This accreditation is an important independent recognition of our commitment to this aim and to continually strengthening our culture of diversity and inclusion, and follows a two year journey to accreditation. We are proud to be recognised for progress on our diversity journey.”
Arun Batra, EY director and CEO of NES said: “I am absolutely delighted that Hays have obtained the National Equality Standard. The hard work that they have undertaken and the obvious commitment that they have demonstrated to their D&I agenda is something which they should be very proud of and it gives me great pleasure to congratulate them on this achievement.”
The NES was developed by EY and sets out clear equality, diversity and inclusion criteria against which companies are independently assessed, and is supported by the Home Office and the CBI. Since signing up to the NES two years ago Hays has developed a deeper understanding of ED&I and embedded ED&I into the culture at Hays.
In order to achieve the accreditation Hays has improved diversity monitoring processes for both candidates and employees, provided training for all hiring managers on unconscious bias and inclusion and formed a Diversity Steering Committee to drive the ED&I agenda. Improvements were also made to information and support available to employees with caring responsibilities, and to the induction process to all employees.