The UK’s 50 most inclusive employers have been revealed and Blake Morgan is delighted to have achieved their highest ever placing (32) in their seventh successive year on the 2023 Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers Index (IT50 List).
Announced at the prestigious 2023 Inclusive Awards on Tuesday December 5, the IT50 List ranks businesses which have shown consistency in encompassing all types of diversity throughout their whole organisation. Compiled by Inclusive Companies and now in its eighth year, the IT50 List is the definitive cross-industry index harnessing both innovation and best practice in a bid to achieve inclusion for all.
Judging is undertaken by an independent advisory panel of D&I experts who review and analyse every single submission. Each year, the entries to the IT50 start from a level playing field with respect to what they have achieved in the set year – there is no ‘carry over’ from previous years. Those who have done well in previous years must show their progress and evidence of improvements year-on-year.
Liz Bryne, Gender Inclusion Champion and HR Director, said:
We're so pleased to be recognised again this year by IT50 and to have achieved our highest placing to date. We know that our full range of EDI initiatives are robustly validated through the IT50 submission process and each year we aim to show evidence of how our EDI plan has evolved and created real impact either for our colleagues, our clients or our communities. The work being done by all the organisations on the list to promote diversity and inclusion is really impressive and we're proud to feature amongst them.
Paul Sesay, Founder and CEO of Inclusive Companies, commented: “The organisations which have chosen to participate submit a huge amount of evidence in respect of their inclusive practices, covering a wide range of areas and topics. The panel has the task of looking at all areas of diversity, including age, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, LGBTQ+ and religion before determining which organisations make the Top 50 and where they rank on the list.”
The depth and manner of assessment which results in the IT50 List requires organisations to show consistent and sustainable activity. Paul added:
Our judging panel is looking for cultural change rather than the ‘peaks and troughs’ often seen by well-meaning organisations whose EDI activities are actions are in response to national or world events making the news.
“Inclusive Companies works to help organisations create cultural transformation to ensure diversity and inclusion are embedded into everything they practice and the IT50 recognises those employers who are getting this right.”
The full IT50 list can be viewed here.