Tarmac, owner of Leicestershire’s Mountsorrel quarry, has achieved a globally-recognised accreditation for its commitment to inclusion and diversity in the workplace.
The Clear Assured Bronze Standard, from assessment body The Clear Company, is awarded to businesses which can demonstrate inclusivity and diversity are reflected across all policies and processes. It also marks a move beyond compliance towards a cultural shift.
Louise Houston, head of inclusion and diversity for Tarmac, said: “We’re proud to have reached the high standards required for the Bronze Standard. The achievement is an acknowledgment of the efforts of our employees and leaders, underpinned by an ambition to foster and celebrate a fair and supportive culture that promotes opportunities for all – where everyone feels proud to be themselves.
“This independent verification shows that we’re heading in the right direction, with the foundations in place for us to build upon.”
Head of Clear Assured, Anna Mäkinen, added: “Committing to the Clear Assured Standard requires a real focus to work and think differently. Clear Assured is a rigorous standard based on continuous improvement; by reaching Bronze Standard Tarmac have already demonstrated their ability to instigate change and develop a culture where inclusion and diversity is business as usual.”
Locally Tarmac employees over 160 people at its site in Mountsorrel. Over recent years the quarry has worked hard to develop and attract a more diverse workforce. Along with holding training sessions to make staff more aware of the importance of inclusion and diversity, the site has also set up a project group to look at how it can be more inclusive and understanding of the needs of those who work for them, along with looking into ways of attracting people to work there who might not traditionally consider working in the industry.