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Power firm recognised for equality, diversity and inclusion

Work to recruit and retain a diverse workforce has helped earn UK Power Networks a national re-accreditation, recognising its best practice on equality, diversity and inclusion.

From Press releases - 22 June 2020 12:00 AM

Back in 2018 the company was the UK’s first electricity distributor to be awarded the National Equality Standard (NES), and it has now been re-accredited for 2020.

The NES is a global leading practice framework designed to assess an organisation’s proficiency against all areas of diversity as defined by the Equality Act 2010, alongside social mobility. The reaccreditation assessment against 35 competencies took place between March and June, and reviewed over 550 pieces of supporting documentation and in-depth interviews with 14 employees about their working lives. The company’s key strengths emerged in areas including culture, communications, middle management and feedback mechanisms.

Over the past year the company has:

•Focused on recruiting diverse talent into the industry to be more representative of the UK’s workforce, for example using diversity job boards to find the best candidates for roles, and removing names and personal details from CVs 

•Run a Together the Best campaign to ensure all employees have equal access to development and career progression

•Published videos where business leaders talked about what inclusive leadership meant to them and role modelled correct behaviours

•Grown its EMPower Community platform for employees to raise suggestions, issues and improvements around diversity and inclusivity

•Partnered with SCOPE’s ‘End the Awkward’ campaign to help ensure inclusive language is used during recruitment and provided opportunities for staff to work with job-seeker groups for people living with disabilities

NES chief executive Arun Batra said: “We are delighted to be assisting UK Power Networks with its National Equality Standard recertification, recognising the company’s dedication to partnering with us in today’s uncertain times of unprecedented change and volatility. Our methodology incorporated a robust review of documentation and a broad set of interviews and consultations.”

UK Power Networks chief executive Basil Scarsella said: “The NES accreditation signifies our commitment as a truly diverse and inclusive workplace and everyone across the business worked hard to achieve this. 

“This is a good opportunity to reflect on our longstanding commitment to ensure that we are doing all we can as a company to meet our diversity and inclusion aims. Companies like ours have transformative power to contribute to a more open, diverse and inclusive society by starting from within. 

“UK Power Networks stands in solidarity with the BAME community through peaceful means to achieve equality for all. We are committed to creating a working environment in which everyone has the same opportunities to succeed. Gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and disability are just some of the characteristics that should have no bearing on our employees’ career progression. 

“People with diverse backgrounds bring different perspectives, ideas and experiences, helping us to become more resilient, innovative and effective as we support the UK’s transition to a net zero economy.”

The company is currently inviting employees to join virtual workshops, so they can have a say in helping to prepare a new strategy to shape the way forward.