The Standard is a practical tool intended to identify and promote your business as an employer and supplier of choice.
The Standard is awarded in recognition that you actually plan and promote good equality and diversity practices in the workplace. Achieving the Standard can help you become an employer and supplier of choice in a marketplace that now expects employers to recognise equality and diversity and the needs of the individual and society.
This very much depends on what comes out of your action plan. It has taken companies, so far on average between 3 - 6 months to complete. It is done at your own pace dependant on you time and resources. However, because of the content of the standard we have found that it is a process which has fitted in very well with a company's own quality processes and frameworks.
You can use the initial self-assessment form or liaise directly with an Equality Advisor. The initial assessment will enable you to benchmark where your business currently stands and identify any support needed to help you improve your equality and diversity practices. The assessment will help generate a timed action plan.
Yes, an Equality Advisor will be on hand to assist you in the completion of the standard. There is also access to our Toolkit which includes example policies and procedures, best practice guidance, links to specialist organisations and information pertaining to the law and equality.
You will be given advice on completing your action plan following your self assessment. A diagnostic meeting at that time will determine the toolkit support you need. After that the adviser is at the other end of the phone and email! Face to face meetings usually take place once or twice during the action plan stage depending on your needs. We are very flexible.