22 May 2024
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SMMT strikes gold for workplace support

SMMT group has won a golden endorsement as one of Britain’s top workplaces.

The group, including SMMT, Industry Forum and The Motor Ombudsman organisation has secured gold accreditation from Investors in People (IIP).

The gold accolade, which is achieved by just 17% of organisations seeking IIP accreditation, was announced on April 12 and was awarded in recognition of advanced levels of organisational leadership, with an emphasis on transparency, recognition, wellbeing and empowerment to encourage innovation and collaborative working.

SMMT said the award was in recognition of its progressive people-focused policies including investment in career development.

In addition, as part of SMMT’s remit to represent the UK automotive sector, the organisation was recognised for its commitment to promoting workplace best practice across the wider industry.

The accolade comes two years after SMMT established the sector’s first ever diversity charter, under the auspices of the Automotive Council, and the organisation continues to support businesses in the sector with their own development, with a DE&I Toolkit, specialist workshops and events.

Katie Milbourn, director of SMMT group HR, said: “As the voice of the automotive industry in the UK, it’s our duty and mission to set the highest standards, and we strive to ensure our people, with their expertise, experience and dedication, realise their full potential and support our members.”

IIP was founded by the UK government in 1991 and has since become a globally recognised certification of best practice.

SMMT group secured bronze and silver awards in 2015 and 2022.