Jacobs Achieves Clear Assured Silver Standard
In a significant step on their Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) journey, global professional services firm Jacobs has achieved Clear Assured Silver Standard through their commitment to creating a truly inclusive culture where diverse talent can thrive. Their stated ambition to become the recognised employer of choice for diverse talent has been reflected in continual progress with the Diversity and Inclusion Standard since December 2019.
Clear Assured, the global Diversity and Inclusion Standard is an accessible online platform that provides organisations with the D&I expertise and direction needed to support their appetite for fundamental culture change. Containing the Clear Company’s knowledge, rigorous processes and understanding of what works, the pan diverse Standard is regularly updated with the latest thinking and directs users to activity with proven benefit. With its continuous improvement approach, consistent progression is dependent on a passion to instigate change and challenge current thinking.
In achieving Silver, Jacobs has demonstrated that Diversity and Inclusion is securely embedded at all levels of the organisation, combining visible and accountable leadership with company-wide inclusion training and a huge grassroots drive led by the 20,000+ members of their eight Jacobs Employee Networks. By committing to operationalising Diversity and Inclusion in this way Jacobs is strongly positioned to deliver sustainable impact on the diversity of the market in a sector that faces challenges from an impending talent shortage and a need to embrace the rapidly changing demographics of the working population.
Jenny Hinde, Director at the Clear Company commented ‘Silver Standard is a considerable achievement and can only be achieved through a holistic approach to Diversity and Inclusion and a commitment to working and thinking differently every day. Businesses that do this are more able to influence authentic change, internally and within their markets and sectors’
“We’re incredibly proud of the cultural shifts in Jacobs that have seen us move from ‘Foundation’ to ‘Silver’ rating in less than 9 months,” said Jacobs Senior Vice President People & Places Solutions Europe Donald Morrison. “Central to this success has been our transparent, accountable leadership on inclusion and the rich partnership we’ve developed with leading organisations like Clear. Our continued success in the UK depends on recruiting the best diverse talent in today’s competitive market – and we’re looking forward to improving our rating even more in 2021.”
About the Clear Company
An award-winning organisation, the Clear Company are recognised global leaders of inclusive recruitment and talent management insight, training and technology in the UK. Established in 2003 clients such as Lloyd’s of London, Highways England, Ofcom, The Civil Service, The Co-op, Skipton Building Society and Michael Page have taken significant steps on their inclusion journey, becoming leaders in their sectors around hiring and ongoing talent management.
Flagship D&I Audit processes and market leading Training and Online Toolkits provide direction and support to clients inclusion journeys at all stages of the Employee Lifecycle. The team’s understanding of the latest thinking and how to apply it; as well as rigorous processes and the ability to work with all people across an organisation, resulting in tangible change, is particularly valued by clients.
TogetherBeyond is Jacobs’ approach to living inclusion every day and enabling diversity and equality globally. This means creating a culture of belonging where all thrive by embracing all perspectives. The TogetherBeyond Global Strategy is built on four strategic pillars: Culture Building & Engagement, Leadership Commitment & Accountability, Developing Talent and Growing the Business.
At Jacobs, we’re challenging today to reinvent tomorrow by solving the world’s most critical problems for thriving cities, resilient environments, mission-critical outcomes, operational advancement, scientific discovery and cutting-edge manufacturing, turning abstract ideas into realities that transform the world for good. With $13 billion in revenue and a talent force of more than 55,000, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of professional services including consulting, technical, scientific and project delivery for the government and private sector.