Tarmac, the UK’s leading sustainable building materials and construction solutions business, has successfully achieved the Clear Assured Gold Standard for its commitment to inclusion and diversity in the workplace.
The Clear Assured Gold Standard, from assessment body the Clear Company, is a globally-recognised accreditation which is awarded to organisations that can evidence integration of inclusion and diversity (I&D) measures across all areas. This includes policies, practices and strategies.
Marking a step up from the Silver Standard that Tarmac achieved in 2022, the improved gold accreditation was secured following continued efforts to embed and enhance I&D practices across the business. This accomplishment positions Tarmac in the 16 per cent of Clear Assured accredited companies to have secured Gold.
Clear Assured is a rigorous framework based on continuous improvement and designed to examine all aspects of inclusion culture. Among the Tarmac initiatives identified by the Clear Company to achieve Gold Standard were the launch of a menopause policy, a full refresh of employee diversity data and achieving Disability Confident Employer – level 2 accreditation.
Louise Houston, head of inclusion and diversity for Tarmac, said: “We’re delighted to celebrate achieving the Clear Assured Gold Standard after only one year. We acknowledge, however, that the hard work absolutely does not stop here!
“Inclusion practices are crucial for creating a diverse and supportive workplace culture. The Clear Assured approach of continuous improvement enables us to identify areas where we can improve our inclusion practices and ensure that all colleagues feel valued and supported.”
Head of Clear Assured, Anna Mäkinen, added: “We are thrilled to award Tarmac with the Clear Assured Gold Standard for their outstanding commitment to inclusion and diversity in the workplace. Tarmac’s efforts to embed and enhance I&D practices across the business have been truly commendable and it is great to see them rise from the Silver Standard achieved in 2022.
“Their achievement is even more notable as only a small percentage of companies in the construction sector hold this accreditation. We applaud Tarmac’s dedication to continuous improvement and creating a diverse and supportive workplace culture.”
Tarmac has over 150 years of experience, operating across a nationwide network of sites. Its solutions span aggregates, asphalt, cement, lime, readymix concrete, offsite manufacture, road contracting, highways maintenance and infrastructure services, building products and recycling services.