The student loans company has been recognized for its commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace and for its continued support to employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The organization has received Investors in Diversity (IiD) accreditation from the National Center for Diversity (NCD). The accreditation follows an assessment in which SLC was able to demonstrate its continued commitment to mainstream equality, diversity, inclusion and equity in everything it does.
NCD praised SLC’s efforts to create an inclusive culture and its swift response in developing policies and procedures to protect and support employees during the COVID-19 crisis. It also highlighted positive initiatives including equality and diversity training for staff and the celebration of events such as religious festivals, International Women’s Day and Mental Health Awareness Days. .
Solat Chaudhry, CEO of the National Center for Diversity, said: “We have been very impressed with how SLC has mainstreamed equality, diversity and inclusion into all areas of the organization. It’s good to see how he encouraged staff to lead the way in building employee networks such as the LGBT + group, ARCUS. We were also impressed with how quickly SLC responded to the pandemic, developing policies and procedures to protect and support employees working from home and in critical roles in the office. “
Paula Sussex, CEO of SLC, said: “Promoting diversity and equality in the workplace is essential to developing a motivated, skilled and engaged workforce. This year has been very different for us with the majority of home based workers due to the pandemic. However, I have been so impressed with how my colleagues have adapted and continued to push forward initiatives that ensure SLC’s diverse culture thrives, even if it is from a distance.
Eligibility assessor Thomas Lowther works for SLC in Darlington and is a member of the ARCUS network. He commented: “Working for an organization that actively promotes diversity is important to me. Everyone benefits from an inclusive work environment and I think that also makes us a more attractive employer.
The SLC will now create a Diversity Working Group to continue this work and advance the recommendations made by the NCD.