Greggs Awarded Prestigious National Equality Standard
• Renowned business accreditation recognises equality, diversity and inclusion excellence
• Achievement is central ‘Greggs Pledge’ commitment to ‘Embracing Diversity’
• A key step in Greggs’ journey to make continuous improvements in this area
6th June: Greggs is proud to have been awarded the National Equality Standard (NES) in recognition of its efforts to improve diversity & inclusion (D&I) across the business.
The UK National Equality Standard was launched in 2013 by EY and has become the accepted standard for inclusiveness in business across the UK. It is supported by the Home Office and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) was involved in its development and launch.
To achieve NES certification, organisations are independently reviewed via a rigorous assessment against defined set of criteria and best practice standards. Companies must meet a minimum of 25 out of the 35 competencies with a degree of consistency across each of the NES’ seven pillars.
Achieving NES accreditation formed a key part of Greggs’ commitment to ‘Embracing Diversity’, one of the company’s 10 Pledges to make help make the world a better place by 2025. Being awarded the standard is an important step in Greggs’ journey to continuously improve in this area, enhance D&I across the business and ensure its colleagues increasingly reflect the communities the company serves.
Some of the work undertaken by Greggs that was highlighted in the standard’s assessment includes:
• Establishing a D&I steering Group of individuals from across different areas of the business
• Developing and enhancing D&I training for all levels in the business
• Commissioning 3rd party research into the barriers faced by potential applicants from ethnic minorities
[The final review noted that Greggs scored above industry average when benchmarked against other organisations in the consumer products and retail industry.]
Roisin Currie, CEO of Greggs, said: “I am extremely proud of our collective efforts from colleagues across the whole business to achieve this fantastic recognition. However, the work does not stop here, whilst the accreditation is a significant milestone for us we need to keep this momentum and continue to work hard together to embrace diversity and inclusion across all areas of our business.”
Simon Feeke, EY Director and lead NES assessor, said: “Greggs have demonstrated tremendous progress in embedding D&I throughout their business and HR processes with mechanisms for continuous review and measurement of progress. We were particularly impressed by their strong culture of learning and development, proactive approach to accessibility focus and the newly formed colleague network groups . Congratulations to Greggs and to all those who were involved throughout the process.”
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