We're incredibly proud to have been named the fifth most inclusive company in the country.
The Chipping Sodbury-based landlord was named in front of organisations such as British Airways, The Open University, Sky and Asda in the first ever Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List. The list recognises the outstanding efforts of organisations to equality, diversity and inclusion.
Merlin’s Leader for DEI and Partnerships Cam Kinsella said: “We’re incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the last few years and our inclusion in the Inclusive Top 50 shows we are well on our way to reaching our goal of becoming a world class organisation. Our staff and our customers are our greatest asset and we live by our values of valuing people and working together. Understanding them and what makes them proud of who they are, and helping them overcome any barriers they face really drives us on.
“The business case for managing diversity is overwhelming and we can clearly see the correlation between sickness absence decreasing, morale increasing and people really taking pride in themselves and in what they can achieve. This is only the start of the journey for us. We dare to be different in our approach to inclusion and I am excited about what the future can bring.”
The final list was put together from around 100 submissions from companies across the country. Organisations were ranked based on their work across all strands of diversity
Paul Sesay, CEO of The Inclusive Top 50, said “It is crucial to highlight best practices in workforce diversity. There is a need to promote these practices and the organisations carrying out pioneering work in this arena to set an example to other employers across the UK.”
Mr Sesay added: “An excellent response from 100 companies nationwide has ensured a wide spectrum of inclusive employers are featured, and I am delighted to announce The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List has identified true leaders in this field.”
The Top 50 list has been compiled by a panel of judges including Miranda Wayland (ITV), Heather Melville (RBS) and Andy Woodfield (PwC). Mental health and wellbeing charity Touchstone took the number one spot. You can view the full list at http://inclusivetop50.co.uk/