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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 see how to participate.


  • A graphic highlighting the six pillars of inclusion; 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

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    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 can access the IES online portal to 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, ranging 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 your organisation’s inclusion.
  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 progress your I&D strategy continually.
  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 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 you 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 Look Ahead
Arup Middlesbrough Council
Asda Mitie
Bank of England Morgan Sindall – Nuclear Business Unit
Cabinet Office National Grid
Calderdale Borough Council Nuveen
Canal and River Trust Optivo
Carnival Peak Pilotlight
Centre for Process Innovation Ltd (UK CPI) Reed in Partnership
Clarion Housing Reed Online
Costain Reed Specialist Recruitment
Crown Prosecution Service Sanofi
DFS Seetec
Doncaster Council Serco
East Midlands Railway SGN
Essex Fire and Rescue Sony Pictures Entertainment
Evelyn Partners South Western Railway
Fidelity International Sparta Global
First Response Group Specialist Operations – Metropolitan Police Service
Hampshire County Council St. James’s Place Wealth Management
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Surrey Police
Hampshire Police Teach First
Handelsbanken Plc Telefonica
Hogan Lovells The Guinness Partnership
House of Lords The Law Society
Huddersfield Students Union The London Clinic
Invesco UK Research and Innovation
Kirklees Active Leisure Virgin Media
Kirklees Council Volkswagen
Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing Waltham Forest Council
Leidos Warwickshire County Council
Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue


The Inclusive Employer’s Standard operates two rounds of accreditation every year. The results of the last round will be announced in March 2024.

  • Results from the previous round are due: March 2024
  • Round opens: 11th March 2024
  • Registration deadline: 24th May 2024
  • Submission Deadline: 28th June 2024
  • Results due:  End of September 2024

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:
£3,250 +VAT
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Inclusive Employers Standard:
£3,600 +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.