ISS UK wins award for work inclusion
ISS’ first Big Tick recognises the good work carried out in many parts of the business in the work inclusion area brought together under the IN2WORK banner.
ISS UK has been awarded a Business in the Community (BITC) Big Tick for the IN2WORK programme in the BITC Awards Work Inclusion category. This is ISS’ first Big Tick and recognises the good work carried out in many parts of the business in the work inclusion area brought together under the IN2WORK banner.
BITC’s Big Tick Awards are the most prestigious corporate responsibility awards in the UK and are awarded to companies whose programmes have demonstrated the positive impact of responsible business.
The IN2WORK programme covers a range of employability initiatives which ISS has put in place to encourage and recruit disadvantaged people and provide opportunities to join or re-join the workforce. The ISS entry was based on demonstrable evidence from across the business including the following:
- ‘Passport to Work’, a scheme run with the East London Business Alliance (ELBA) to recruit and place people who have experienced long term unemployment.
- ‘Sector Based Work Academy’ at Royal Derby Hospital which provides unemployed people with the opportunity to become work ready by attending a course about the clinical nature of working in a hospital environment accredited by a Level 1 Certificate in employability skills.
- ‘Project Search’, a work based training programme at Hairmyres hospital, East Kilbride, designed to provide a supported work environment for people with learning difficulties.
- Partnership between the ISS Landscaping Business and ‘Blue Sky’ to recruit ex-offenders into park maintenance work for the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.
Richard Sykes, Country Manager of ISS UK, stated:
– Winning a BITC Big Tick is a significant achievement for ISS UK. My congratulations to all involved. The award demonstrates our commitment to the communities in which we live and work by actively encouraging and recruiting disadvantaged people and providing opportunities to join or rejoin the workforce. I am particularly pleased by the range of disadvantaged groups we have brought into the business and would encourage all managers to investigate how they can support our local communities by further expanding this important initiative.
Steve Workman, Corporate Responsibility Director at ISS UK said:
– Many of our key customers who are BITC member companies have been awarded Big Ticks so it’s very important that we continue to progress and increase the number of Big Ticks and other CR and sustainability awards we win. To retain this Big Tick next year we will need to do more and do it better addressing the assessors’ comments.