BS76005
Valuing People Through Diversity and Inclusion
Valuing People Through Diversity and Inclusion

‘Equality’, ‘Diversity’ & ‘Inclusion’ can no longer be viewed as fashionable buzz words, part of inconvenient legislative requirements or someone else’s responsibility. Instead, EDI is an integral feature of any responsible business or organisation. British Standard 76005, part of the innovative ‘Valuing People’ suite of quality marks, recognises organisations who believe that human capital as the most valuable resource available.

Introduction

Introduced as recently as 2017, the British Standard for Valuing People through Diversity & Inclusion is a code of practice for any organisation that wants to ensure that it treats all its people with dignity and equity. Focusing on every aspect of an employee’s association with an organisation – recruitment, retention, redeployment and retirement – the framework promotes a holistic view of what fairness and respect should look like.

Although the Equality Act (2010) ensures those with protected characteristics are guarded against discrimination, BS76005 goes further. Challenging conscious and unconscious bias, meeting employees at their point of need and creating an environment in which all can thrive, the framework ensures Diversity & Inclusion is at the forefront of any strategic plan.

For those organisations that want to implement and develop workplace diversity & inclusion, Centre for Assessment provides certification to the British Standard, recognising best practice and providing areas for further development.

Who is this for?

Although BS76005 is available to any organisation, in any sector, beyond that of a sole trader, the framework is particularly useful for those who already pay attention to Diversity & Inclusion issues or have an ambition to do so. If your company or organisation believes in the intrinsic value of all its people and wants to demonstrate this, while committing to a strategy of continuous improvement, this British Standard may be right for you.

Many organisations have already achieved certification to BS76005 and report of the way it has driven a developing culture of true inclusion across all stakeholder groups.

Related services

BS76005 can be offered as a joint assessment with other Standards in the ‘Valuing People’ suite (BS76000 and/or PD76005). It is also a useful addition if you have Customer Service Excellence or Lexcel with Centre for Assessment.

Features and benefits

Most people would agree that paying attention to the Diversity & Inclusion agenda is an ethical imperative. In a society that intends to become evermore tolerant of diversity, BS76005 is a guide to including everyone. Additionally, there is a proven business case for developing a true EDI policy. Some of the benefits that certification may bring include:

  • attracting the best talent to your organisation;
  • embracing diverse views, backgrounds and aspirations;
  • improving staff retention;
  • developing leadership behaviours that focus on the centricity of human capital resources;
  • engaging a workforce which has its value truly recognised;
  • increasing morale by recognising and integrating difference;
  • demonstrating positivity towards your people and their value;
  • developing an understanding of employee capability, skills, experiences and potential;
  • building productive relationships with all stakeholders to achieve your objectives;
  • acting as a beacon for others in and beyond your sector;
  • ensuring compliance with legislation and reducing risks associated with non-compliance.
How we can help

Completing an assessment by CfA will give you a valuable response to your position against the British Standard. Following a successful assessment, you will be given certification to demonstrate that you are an organisation committed to Diversity & Inclusion.

Prior to your assessment, we can provide all the support and guidance you need, including an informal meeting with a member of our Business Development team to evaluate your requirements or a full gap analysis. Most importantly, we want to make sure that an assessment will add value to your activities and enhance alignment with relevant D&I issues in your context.

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Certification process

  1. Initial thoughts: Firstly, you need to establish that Valuing People through Diversity & Inclusion is the right fit for your organisation and, if so, whether you will opt for a departmental or corporate assessment. You should also consider what support you will need prior to your assessment. Centre for Assessment will be happy to help you make these decisions.
  2. Apply: Contact us or download the application form to get your quotation.
  3. Quotation: Your application will be reviewed by a member of our Business Development team, who will provide you with a no-obligation assessment/certification proposal.
  4. Accept: Review the proposal sent by Centre for Assessment and, if you are happy, sign and return the document to us. Bear in mind, there is nothing to pay at this stage and signing the proposal simply registers your commitment to the project.
  5. Make arrangements: You will be allocated a specialist, experienced assessor who will contact you to introduce themselves, discuss arrangements/support needs and book dates for the assessment.
  6. Document Review: The first part of your assessment will be a review of documents submitted by you to demonstrate how you meet the requirements of the Diversity & Inclusion British Standard. This normally happens remotely, unless you would prefer your assessor to do this on your premises.
  7. On-site Assessment: Your assessor will spend time at your offices/sites/locations, talking to a range of stakeholders to gather evidence that you have implemented the BS76005 code of practice. Your assessor will give you a lot more detail about what s/he would like to see during this visit prior to him/her attending.
  8. Verification: Once the on-site assessment is completed, your assessor may recommend that you be given a certificate to prove that you have met the requirements of the framework.
  9. Certification: Following a review by Centre for Assessment, you will be issued a certificate that is valid for three years. You can advertise the fact that you are certified to the British Standard and use the logo on your website and elsewhere.
  10. Annual Assessments: At 12 and 24 months, review visits will be completed to ensure you are still meeting the requirements of the British Standard. These will be arranged directly with your assessor.
Application form

To start your journey on becoming accredited, download the application form and send to enquiries@centreforassessment.co.uk

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