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.
Tarmac says this marks a step up from the Silver Standard that it achieved in 2022, and 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% 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.”
Anna Mäkinen, head of Clear Assured, added: “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's solutions span aggregates, asphalt, cement, lime, readymix concrete, offsite manufacture, road contracting, highways maintenance and infrastructure services, building products and recycling services.