24th most inclusive employer in the UK

We’re proud to have been announced as one of the UK’s Top 50 Inclusive Employers for the second year running.

1st Dec 2021 - Corporate news
By  Ruby Higgins

We’ve maintained our ranking at 24th place in the Inclusive Top 50 and are in the company of other awarded Inclusive companies such as Talk Talk and Bupa. This is the second time we’ve made the Inclusive Top 50 employer’s list.

Inclusive Companies reward organisations for harnessing a truly diverse workforce, recognising the significant efforts of workplaces across the country that excel in their commitment to equality and inclusion.

Being an inclusive and rewarding employer that people aspire to work for is an integral part of our Making What Matters Brilliant corporate plan. Put simply, we want to be a place where all our colleagues can succeed irrespective of background. To do this, we’re committed to investing in our colleagues and the support they need, working together and continually reviewing the evolving needs of our people.

Leading an organisation where colleagues feel like they belong is really important to me and so I’m proud that we’ve been recognised as one of the UK’s most inclusive employers. We did really well to make 24th on the list last year, so it’s fantastic to see us maintain this achievement for 2021. I know many of the activities and initiatives that contributed to our position were informed and shaped by our colleagues, helping to create an environment where anyone can succeed, regardless of their background. Whilst this is a brilliant achievement, it’s important we don’t become complacent. This will never be something we tick off as a job done and I know there’s always more we can do to make sure all our people are able to fulfil their potential.

Glenn Harris, Chief Executive at Midland Heart

Rozila Kana, Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers Judge and Equality & Diversity Officer at Lancashire Constabulary, said: “It is clear from recent global events that diversity and inclusion should be a business and operational imperative that will help public sector organisations progress further as we come out of the challenges of 2020 into a world; a world with a new normality that needs to nurture compassionate leadership, a sense of belonging for staff as well as cohesive and inclusive societies. 

“Inclusive Companies helps organisations create cultural transformation through a ‘hearts and mind’ approach to increase social inclusion and empowerment with the intention of embedding DEI into everything they practice as an essential ingredient.”

Some of our key achievements which helped us to make the Inclusive Top 50 list this year include:

  • Boosting colleague membership of our Inclusion Networks by 47% 
  • Growing participation to our inclusion events by 220%
  • Aligning our diversity and wellbeing work, so for example, we’ve held workshops with Stonewall and Sikh Your Mind about mental health
  • Separating Black and BAME in our ethnicity reporting to really understand the representation of black colleagues within our organisation

In addition to this, members and allies from our four Inclusion Networks have hosted events, led awareness campaigns, developed resources, shaped policies, and much more.

We’re delighted with our achievements and will continue to improve inclusion at Midland Heart every day.