Welcome To The National Equality Standard
The National Equality Standard (NES) is the UK’s leading Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) standard which was developed, in 2012, in partnership with the UK Government and in collaboration with 20 public and private sector organisations. Over 400 organisations have benefited from a rigorous assessment against the competencies in the NES framework.
The NES provides recommendations supplemented by an action plan, based on an unrivalled repository of best practice which details how to ensure full compliance against the nine legal protected characteristics, to meeting the requirements of an evolving landscape and broader considerations including social mobility and culture. The NES has transformed the DEI landscape as certification is only guaranteed to those organisations who demonstrate the highest levels of DEI proficiency.
Achieving this accreditation, recognises our commitment to diversity. In a world where diversity, equality and standards of ethics are increasingly important. We are very proud to set this benchmark for the property advisory sector.
The NES is head and shoulders above anything else. Market leading, market changing….
The NES is pragmatic and realistic. It is extremely valuable time well spent in terms of business profitability and performance, and the cost is really quite cheap.
The NES is the most forensic independent diversity audit in the UK.
We knew that going through the NES accreditation was going to be tough given the robustness of the process, but EY helped us every step of the way from stakeholder engagement and consultation to supporting us with our final action plan. Their in-depth knowledge and expertise helped us focus on the things that would really make a difference to shifting our D&I culture at GTR.
Developing your organisational approach to DEI has the potential to positively influence your business in following key aspects:
Candidates are placing a higher value on workplace inclusion than ever before and the digital transformation of all sectors has increased the war for skills. A visibly diverse workforce demonstrates to current and potential future employees that yours is an organisation in which talent from all background can thrive.
DEI related legislation is increasing at home and overseas; whether it is pay gap, Board composition or culture reporting, organisations are required to disclose more than ever before in order to secure their license to operate. Investors and asset managers are also raising expectations of higher DEI as an indicator of effective governance and corporate stewardship.
Different perspectives and new ways of working can hatch ideas, solve problems and drive market growth. Diverse and inclusive teams are inherently more able to anticipate and fulfil customer needs and trends.