Become a standard-bearer of EDI excellence
The Diversity Development Standard, or DDS for short, is our externally recognised accreditation for workplace diversity, equity and inclusion. It’s both a badge of excellence and an ongoing organisational development tool, audited and verified by an independent panel of industry experts. Companies of all sizes use it to gauge whether their operating practices are fit for purpose and future-proofed when it comes to DEI best practice and driving sustainable culture change.
Widen Your Talent Pool
Over 80% of millennials say that an employer’s EDI policies are an important factor when deciding whether to work for them
The most inclusive companies outperform the least by 36% in profitability terms
Niche EDI expertise
Draw on 30 years of experience in targeted diversity consultancy
The DDS is not a box-ticking exercise. It rewards action taken and recommends action needed to meet stringent goals for equitable best practice. If you’re at the beginning of your EDI journey, you’ll find the process clarifies where best to focus your efforts. If you’re further down the road, it will help you identify where the next steps lie. This clearly defined roadmap means you can navigate genuine cultural change one step at a time.
Equitable and inclusive businesses are more innovative and more profitable. We’ll help you focus on the action you can take to achieve a truly diverse and representative workforce and an everyday working culture in which everyone can reach their full potential. We’ll also showcase all the good work you’re doing, incentivising your organisation and your people to do more and go further in their EDI efforts.
Five stepping-stones to EDI greatness
How does the diversity and inclusion accreditation work in practice?
The DDS assesses your organisation on five elements, each with an overarching goal. You’ll be awarded Gold, Silver or Bronze level for each element, depending on the criteria fulfilled. Then you’ll receive a set of practical recommendations to drive the next phase of EDI improvements.
- Element 1: Diversity & Wellbeing Foundations
- Element 2: Recruitment
- Element 3: External Relations
- Element 4: Remuneration
- Element 5: Inclusive Culture
A trusted partner
Working together to push your EDI agenda forward
Throughout the DDS process, an EW Group consultant will work closely with you, reviewing your policies and procedures, then conducting qualitative research inside your organisation in the form of confidential interviews and focus groups. This means we’ll gain a fuller understanding of how, for example, advantage and disadvantage plays out in your daily working practices, plus creative ideas to redress the balance.
Our DDS reporting will then be externally audited by our independent awarding panel, who will have the final say on your accreditation. Once awarded, your Diversity Development Standard accreditation will last for three years. When you feel ready to demonstrate your achievements in line with the next level of the DDS (from Bronze to Silver to Gold), come back to us and we’ll repeat the accreditation process.
The many benefits of diversity accreditation
What areas of our business will the Diversity Development Standard support?
The DDS taps into all aspects of your organisational culture as it develops. Here are just some of the benefits to be derived from the diversity accreditation process:
- Talent pipeline – win the race for the very best talent, and keep hold of them
- Staff wellbeing and belonging – get the best out of happier, more productive employees
- Reputation – promote your commitment to ethical, equitable business
- Client/customer wins – gain competitive advantages from EDI
- Leadership and management – build valuable skills, awareness and buy-in
- Corporate social responsibility – contribute to increasing equity and social mobility as part of a fairer society
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