Inclusive Employers Standard

The Inclusive Employer’s Standard (IES) is the evidence-based workplace accreditation tool for inclusion and diversity. Participants answer 35 questions that cover all the protected characteristics and wider I&D themes. We use the responses to measure inclusion and diversity within an organisation and assess where you are at on your I&D journey.

The questions are divided across six pillars of inclusion, that measure all areas of your I&D activity. You get more than a workplace accreditation when you participate in the Inclusive Employers Standard. You get bespoke, action-focused feedback that you can use to progress your I&D strategy and embed workplace inclusion.

The IES highlights to your people and stakeholders that inclusion is integral to your organisation and that you understand the business case for I&D.

Scroll down to find out how to participate.


  • A hexagon made up of 6 interlocking lozenges in different colours - the lozenges represent the 6 pillars of the Inclusive Employers Standard; Engage, Equip, Empower, Embed, Evaluate and Evolve.
    The six pillars of diversity and inclusion

    Learn how the pillars measure inclusion and diversity in the IES

  • Two colleagues reviewing paper based information over an office table
    Which inclusion assessment is right for my organisation?

    Find out if our Foundation Assessment or IES accreditation is right for you

  • 5 colleagues sitting on and standing around a sofa. They are smiling and raising their hands in the air in success
    The benefits of taking our diversity and inclusion accreditation

    Learn how the Inclusive Employers Standard focuses and improves inclusion

How do you gain your I&D workplace accreditation?

  1. Express your interest by completing this quick form
  2. Once registered, you’ll have access to the IES online portal where you can start the submission process.
  3. The online portal contains detailed guidance to help support you with answering each question and your overall submission.
  4. You will complete 35 questions as part of the submission, each question will also require evidence. Evidence is uploaded directly to the online form and could range from copies of policies, meeting notes/agendas, screenshots from your intranet, links to videos, etc. As long as it demonstrates that activity has taken place to support how you have answered each question.
  5. Once submitted your response is marked and verified by trained assessors to give you an independent measure of how inclusive your organisation really is.
  6. You receive a written report giving detailed feedback on your submission. The report highlights your areas of strength and areas of focus within the six pillars of inclusion, giving you a platform to continually progress your I&D strategy.
  7. You have the option of a feedback meeting to drill down further into the areas of focus identified in your report.
  8. Organisations that achieve the accredited outcomes of either Bronze, Silver or Gold will receive certificates and a logo so you can proudly display your commitment to I&D and be invited to join our celebration event! If organisations do not reach the criteria for an accreditation they are awarded a committed status to reflect  their commitment to becoming an Inclusive Employer.
  9. Continue to monitor your approach to workplace inclusion by participating in the IES in the future, so can review and measure your I&D progress.

IES accredited organisations

Participate in our I&D workplace accreditation and join these accredited organisations:

Anchor Hanover

Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing




Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Bank of England


Cabinet Office

Look Ahead

Calderdale Borough Council




Clarion Housing



Sony Pictures Entertainment

Crown Prosecution Service

Specialist Operations – Metropolitan Police Service

Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO)

St. James’s Place Wealth Management

Doncaster Council

Surrey Police

East Midlands Railway

Teach First

Essex Fire and Rescue


Hampshire County Council

The Guinness Partnership

Hampshire Fire and Rescue

The London Clinic

Hampshire Police

UK Research and Innovation

Hogan Lovells

Virgin Media

House of Lords


Huddersfield Students Union

Warwickshire County Council

Kirklees Council

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue



The Inclusive Employer’s Standard operates two rounds of accreditation every year. The next round of submissions opens on 30th August 2022. The key dates for this round, (Round 2, 2022) are:

  • 30 August: Round 2, 2022 submissions process begins
  • 18 Nov: Closing date for registering
  • 16 December: Closing date for submissions
  • March 2023: Round 2, 2022 results announced and written reports issued


How much does it cost to participate in the IES?

The prices for purchasing the Inclusive Employers Standard are below. Please make sure you have read and agree to the Terms and Conditions, which you can read here, before purchasing.

Foundation Assessment:
£2,500 +VAT
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Inclusive Employers Standard:
£2,750 +VAT
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Inclusive Employer’s members receive a 10% discount, this will be applied at the basket. Find out more about membership with us here.

Next steps

If you are ready to measure inclusion and diversity within your organisation get in touch to register your interest and find out more.