Security in Diversity
Corps Security's "Corps Together" campaign is improving equality, diversity and inclusion engagement across the organisation.
The programme, which began over a year ago with the internal recruitment of volunteers who are referred to as 'guardians', to take personal responsibility for the six protected characteristics of age, sex, religion, disability, gender and race, aims to create a culture where heritage and differences are valued and celebrated and build an organisation which treats inclusion as an expectation not an aspiration.
Corps Together is supported by an ED&I charter that sets out company-level commitments in line with the company's Everyone Matters policy. The senior team have reviewed all Corps policies, procedures and recruitment processes to ensure ED&I best practice, and introduced a dedicated website, short video and quarterly magazine to engage people with the initiative; in addition to a phone and email helpline to deal with any issues. The company has also introduced panel support for HR issues or grievances, with annual, mandatory E&DI training provided in conjunction with virtual training programme partner Moonhub, for everyone in the business.
Guardians have created a calendar of key dates across the six protective characteristics including faith festivals, LGBTQ History Month, Pride month and Black History Month and organised celebratory events for some of these key dates as well as social media activity.
Corps’ annual Your Voice Matters colleague survey in summer 2021 demonstrated a growing understanding of ED&I issues thanks to the Corps Together initiative but with clear room for improvement. More than 60 percent of people are aware of Corps Together, just over 40 per cent are aware of their guardian team members, almost 70 percent feel Corps proactively promotes equality diversity and inclusion and a similar number feel they can approach Corps if they have an issue relating to equality, diversity and inclusion.
Campaign leader and director of major accounts and strategic development, Seetan Varsani, comments: "These results show that even where people aren’t aware of Corps Together, the majority feel Corps actively promotes equality, diversity and inclusion.
"We will measure and hope to see a year-on-year improvement in these scores.
"The guardians are also planning an annual ED&I awards scheme and want to use the official launch to get more engagement from site-based colleagues and we want people to feel included and a sense of belonging."
The company is also working towards adopting the ISO 30415 standard for ED&I, with the aim of achieving certification next year.
Paul Lotter, managing director, explains: "As a social enterprise, people are at our very heart.
"Corps Together demonstrates that we value each and every one of our more than 3,000 people and want to celebrate our diversity."