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WMCA now stands among elite inclusive employers


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The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has been named in the country’s top 10 most inclusive employers.

This year the WMCA jumped up 17 places from its previous 2020 ranking of 24th.

The list is compiled to recognise and support the companies held up as the best in promoting equality, diversity, inclusion, and fairness in the workplace by implementing excellent policies that deliver transformational change.

To gain the accolade, the WMCA demonstrated how the benefits of workplace inclusivity are promoted through mandatory training, regular campaigns, as well as formal and informal engagement with staff.

It illustrated that inclusivity is embedded within vital internal processes, including recruitment, performance management, career development, learning, and reward and recognition.

Deborah Cadman, chief executive of the WMCA, said: “Inclusivity is something close to my heart, and I am delighted that our hard work has been acknowledged by making the National Centre for Diversity’s top 10.

“We have developed initiatives to make the Combined Authority an inclusive and fair place to work and thrive and have made being inclusive one of our four core organisational values”. 

The Top 100 Most Inclusive Workplaces index is put together as a result of a company survey sent by the National Centre for Diversity to all employees from organisations that are working towards the Investors in Diversity or Leaders in Diversity accreditations. An algorithm is then used to benchmark the companies and compile the Index.

The WMCA highlighted many of its positive action initiatives, including the ‘Building our future workforce’ strategy, which provides underrepresented groups with a range of skills and opportunities.

In 2017 the WMCA set up the West Midlands Leadership Commission to help people from underrepresented parts of society make it to the top of the career ladder.

Anita Bhalla OBE, chair of the Leadership Commission, added: “As a region with so much diversity, a West Midlands employer should make the top 10.

“It is important that employers give out positive messages to our future workforce that they provide fair places to work.”

Written by: David Watkins

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