Emanuel Whittaker wins Equality Accolade

Jan 25, 2013

IMG_0022IMG_0012Emanuel Whittaker has been accredited the much sought after ‘Gold Standard’ in ‘Committed 2 Equality’ (C2E) – a national equality and diversity scheme – another addition to our impressive record in this field.

Clive Newton, Managing Director said: “This Standard recognises best practice in equality in business. We were the first construction company to receive a basic award in July 2011 and we are delighted to have achieved the Gold award thanks to an overall audit score of 92.6%.”

Organisations with C2E say gains generated by embedding equality in every segment of their business are an important area of Corporate Social Responsibility. It helps profits and increases the worth of the business and hence integrating equality into business strategy, makes good bottom line sense.

Vivienne Duke, Chief Executive at Equality Accreditation Services said: “ During the re accreditation it was clear Emanuel Whittaker had fully embraced the programme through its continual improvement action plan.

Employee feedback was all incredibly positive and it is clear that there is a commitment to the equality agenda at every level in the business. Not only this – but as thought leaders in the construction industry, Emanuel Whittaker is proactive in openly sharing their good practice across the sector. A very well deserved achievement”

This award is one of numerous accolades we have received for our work in the diversity and equality field which started when we worked with the (former) Commission for Racial Equality in 2002 addressing community cohesion issues in Oldham. Our efforts were acknowledged in 2006 when we won the Oldham Diversity and Equality Award.

Since then our company has worked with the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and has contributed to research into diversity in the construction industry. We have worked with the North West Development Agency (NWDA) and Centre for Construction Innovation (CCI) on developing an Equality and Diversity Guidance Note on Accessibility and Inclusive Design for Sustainable Buildings and we have also contributed to the Human Rights Commission Inquiry into Race in the Construction Industry.

Director John Gallagher said: “Our approach to diversity is considered to be amongst the best in the industry, and we are often asked to share our experiences with our clients, peers and other specialist groups. We have a good track record in employing a diverse workforce which exceeds the industry averages on gender, race, age, sexuality and disability.
“The C2E Gold Standard continues to reiterate our reputation as leading the equality and diversity field in the construction sector.”

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