Inclusive Employers Standard

Our step-by-step, evidence-based accreditation tool is the benchmark for workplace inclusion. It covers all protected characteristics and wider inclusion and diversity issues, streamlining the process of completing multiple assessments that only focus on one area. We have two rounds every year and you can register throughout the year. Confirm your entry for this round by 19th November 2021, scroll down for the full timeline.


The assessment process includes 35 questions across six pillars for everyday inclusion at work. We provide you with a detailed feedback report, which gives you a measure of how inclusive your organisation is. This then gives you a tangible platform to continue embedding inclusion into the operations, culture and strategy of your organisation.

In summary, the Inclusive Employers Standard:

  • Guides inclusion and diversity strategy;
  • Helps to measure and improve on progress;
  • Covers breadth of employment activity;
  • Helps to identify and celebrate success.

The value of being Inclusive Employer’s Standard accredited

The Inclusive Employer’s Standard is a framework to support your organisation to deliver its inclusion and diversity strategy: it is an ongoing process, designed to support you to measure, monitor and continuously improve your progress towards becoming a more inclusive employer.

The Inclusive Employer’s Standard accreditation will enhance your reputation as an inclusive employer and increase your organisation’s attraction and retention of a diverse workforce, demonstrating to them that inclusion truly matters to your organisation. When you receive your accreditation you can display the Inclusive Employer’s Standard logo on your communications and marketing material, making it instantly clear to current and potential customers, clients, members, service users that you are recognised as an Inclusive Employer.

Which is right for me: Inclusive Employer’s Standard or the Foundation Assessment?

If your organisation is at the beginning of its inclusion journey you may benefit from taking part in the Inclusive Employers Standard – Foundation Assessment first. You can do the Foundation Assessment at any point in the year, there are no timeline restrictions to the application process. Our Foundation Assessment still measures inclusion against the six pillars of the Inclusive Employers Standard and participants will still receive a comprehensive feedback report, guidance on good practice and the opportunity of a de-briefing meeting with a member of the Inclusive Employer’s team. If you would like more information about the Foundation Assessment get in touch with us at [email protected]

If you have integrated inclusion practices into your workplace and would like to understand how effective they are and what you can do to improve and develop these the Inclusive Employers Standard is for you. To get started send us a quick enquiry.

What does it cost to take part in the Inclusive Employer’s Standard?

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.

What are the six pillars of the Inclusive Employer’s Standard?

The pillars shape inclusive best practice around six themes of activity, allowing organisations to demonstrate how its existing practices: 1) Engage; 2) Equip; 3) Empower; 4) Embed; 5) Evaluate; and 6) Evolve inclusion into all areas of its environment. From HR practice and policy to employee engagement, from learning and development to culture and leadership: the six pillars provide a flexible foundation for inclusion, reflecting our belief at Inclusive Employer’s that a one size fits all approach is not the way to practice inclusion

Engage: How are you engaging staff at all levels to ensure they have a good understanding of your organisation’s vision for inclusion and diversity?

Equip: How are you equipping your staff to enable your organisation to design and deliver more effective inclusive policies and processes?

Empower: How are you empowering your staff through networks, team discussion and other channels? Do you value the contributions of everyone, including people from under-represented groups?

Embed: How are you embedding inclusion and diversity to build a positive reputation internally and externally, through polices like recruitment and training?

Evaluate: How are you evaluating your inclusion and diversity progress? Are you measuring it against realistic and achievable targets?

Evolve: How are you continuously learning and drawing best practice to develop creative inclusive interventions and return on investment?

How to become Inclusive Employer’s Standard accredited?

The first step is to register by completing this quick form. We will then get you set up and provide access so you can begin the submission process through our online portal, where you will be supported with detailed guidance on completing the assessment and individual questions within it.

Your submission will be marked and verified by trained assessors. It will then go through a verification and moderation process and the outcome of this is an independent assessment of how inclusive your workplace is. You will receive a written report detailing feedback on your submission against our six pillars of inclusion, which will include practical recommendations to support your organisation’s inclusion and diversity strategy. If you are accredited with bronze, silver or gold Inclusive Employer’s Standard you will receive the respective logo to use on all your communication and marketing materials, a trophy and certificate to mark your achievement, and an invitation to celebrate your achievements at our Inclusive Employers awards ceremony. If you achieve committed in the Inclusive Employer’s Standard you will also be invited to the awards ceremony and receive a certificate to recognise your commitment to workplace inclusion and your progress towards being accredited.


The Inclusive Employer’s Standard cycle operates twice a year. The next round of submissions opens on 31st August 2021. The key dates for your diary for Round 2 of 2021 are:

  • Round 2, 2021 submissions process begin: 31st August 2021
  • Closing date for registrations: 19th November 2021
  • Deadline for submissions: 17th December 2021
  • Round 2, 2021 results announced & written reports issued: March 2022

To register your interest and for more information send us a quick enquiry.

Taking part in the Inclusive Employer’s Standard – don’t just take our word for it!

“The process was really straightforward and easy to complete, and it was really useful to hear the feedback provided by the Inclusive Employers team – their insight helped us to understand which areas we could improve on and where we excelled. It was also very timely and meant that the feedback could be incorporated into our 2019-21 strategy.”
House of Lords, Gold accreditation

“The Inclusive Employer’s assessment report has provided us with additional leverage internally. Our feedback meeting was really useful in terms of being able to acquire resources and knowledge
of practices within other organisations to support us in achieving our inclusion goals.”
Warwickshire County Council, Bronze accreditation

“The Inclusive Employers Standard helps to structure a focussed and honest approach to ensuring that we get it right. It helps to keep you ‘honest’ and provide a clear pathway to changing your culture from within.”
Telefonica, Bronze Accreditation

Inclusive Employer’s Standard accredited organisations include:

  • Anchor Hanover
  • Arup
  • Asda
  • Cabinet Office
  • Calderdale Borough Council
  • Carnival
  • Clarion Housing
  • Costain
  • Crown Prosecution Servic
  • Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO)
  • Doncaster Council
  • East Midlands Railway
  • Hampshire County Council
  • Hampshire Fire and Rescue
  • Hampshire Police
  • Hogan Lovells
  • House of Lords
  • Huddersfield Students Union
  • Kirklees Council
  • Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing
  • Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • LNER
  • Look Ahead
  • Serco
  • SGN
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • Specialist Operations – Metropolitan Police Service
  • St. James’s Place Wealth Management
  • Surrey Police
  • Teach First
  • Telefonica
  • The Guinness Partnership
  • The London Clinic
  • UK Research and Innovation
  • Virgin Media
  • Volkswagen
  • Warwickshire County Council
  • West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

To start your organisation’s journey to being an accredited inclusive employer send us a quick enquiry and we’ll get in touch.