Rail operator is first in transport sector to achieve equality accolade
Published: 21 Oct 2022
- Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has passed the comprehensive National Equality Standard (NES) for its internal diversity and inclusion policies
- The NES is the UK’s leading diversity assessment framework, developed in partnership with the government
GTR has become the first company in the transport sector to achieve the UK’s National Equality Standard.
Launched in 2013, the National Equality Standard (NES) was developed by Ernst and Young UK LLP and sets robust Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) criteria against which companies are assessed. GTR’s diversity and inclusion policies were assessed against the 35 competencies contained within the NES framework using reviews of evidence, interviews and consultations.
GTR achieved the number of competencies required to meet the standard, and also scored highly in categories relating to strategy and governance, as well as action planning and implementation.
Zoey Hudson, Head of Talent, Diversity and Inclusion at Govia Thameslink Railway, said: “We’re really proud to be the first transport company to be honoured with this accolade. Over the years we’ve worked hard to make our workplace as fair as possible, and we welcome people from all backgrounds with open arms. Of course, there’s always more to do, but this accreditation demonstrates our commitment to equality and building an inclusive culture for our people, which is a huge priority for us.”
Ernst and Young identified good practice with policies such as unconscious bias training for all hiring managers, engagement with employee network groups, a robust coaching and mentoring programme and active community social responsibility actions through various employment schemes.
Jelena Eremic Newson, EY UK Partner in Climate Change and Sustainability Services who assessed GTR said:“GTR has put substantial effort into diversity and inclusion activities over the last few years and this is beginning to have a positive impact on the organisation.
“A robust strategy supported by the Executive team is driving progress. It is encouraging to see a strong commitment from leadership, an array of internal and external communications channels along with strong efforts to support positive mental health.”