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ISS recognised in the Business in the Community Responsible Business Awards

ISS Work Inclusion Reaccredited
ISS Facility Services has been recognised in the 2015 Responsible Business Awards, run by Business in the Community (BITC). ISS has been reaccredited for the continual positive impact of its ‘IN2WORK’ programme in the BITC Freshfields Work Inclusion category.

The Responsible Business Awards is the most prestigious and respected awards championing responsible business in the UK and abroad. It celebrates inspirational companies that are taking action to address social and environmental issues and transform their communities.

The Freshfields Work Inclusion Award identifies those businesses that have prioritised supporting adults and the young from disadvantaged groups to increase their employability in order to gain and sustain work. BITC reaccredits those organisations showing continued, tangible and positive impact.

ISS was initially recognised in 2013 for its IN2WORK programme, supporting various communities across the UK. In 2014, IN2WORK bought 930 people from the target areas into the employment arena. Ex-service personnel, the long-term unemployed, and those ‘Not in Education, Employment or Training’ (NEETs) are among the community members the ISS projects aim to support.

As part of IN2WORK, ISS developed a network of 13 programmes to help thousands of the less advantaged into sustained skills development and employability. Richard Sykes, CEO, ISS UK & Ireland stated, “I’m delighted by our reaccreditation as this year alone we’ve changed the lives of over 900 people. The IN2WORK initiatives ensure that we use our status as one of the UK’s largest employers to make a positive difference to our society.” He added, “Our recent efforts are around the topic of youth employability, which is a vital area for business today and in the future. We’ve made this the cornerstone of our efforts in many parts of our business planning and strategic development. We also seek to encourage our partners and stakeholders to support the skills development and work opportunities of our young people.”

In addition to the Work Inclusion Award, ISS is shortlisted for BITC’s Jaguar Land Rover Inspiring Young Talent Award. Finalists will be announced June 2nd 201, with winning companies receiving their awards on July 7th at the BITC’s Annual Responsible Business Gala Dinner in central London.

Steve Workman, Corporate Responsibility Director, ISS Facility Services commented, “The BITC recognition of our efforts provides a great benchmark and demonstration of our increasing commitment to support employability. It’s an important reminder to us all that through strategic business decisions, we can have positive influence on our communities.”

Stephen Howard, Chief Executive, Business in the Community said “The Responsible Business Awards celebrate the very best of business and raise awareness of business as a powerful force for good. We congratulate ISS for playing its part in creating a fairer society and more sustainable future and demonstrating that business has a greater purpose then simply generating profit.”

The announcement on April 21st coincides with Responsible Business Week (20-26 April 2015), an annual initiative to increase awareness of the positive contribution of business in society. The Responsible Business Awards celebrate the variety of ways that businesses are making a difference – from helping young people develop valuable skills, or supporting small businesses to grow.

For further information about the 2015 Responsible Business Awards visit www.bitc.org.uk/awards

For more information about ISS Facility Services, please contact:
Saffi Haines, PR & Social Media Manager
Tel: 0845 057 6574
Email: saffi.haines@uk.issworld.com

The ISS IN2WORK Programme comprises:

ISS Work Inclusion programme reaccredited by Business in the Community
  • 'Passport to Work’ - a scheme run with East London Business Alliance (ELBA) to recruit and place people who have experienced long term unemployment.
  • ‘Sector Based Work Academy’ - provides unemployed people with the opportunity to become ‘work ready’ by attending a course about the clinical nature of working in a hospital environment (accredited by a Level 1 Certificate in employability skills).
  • ‘Project Search’, a work based training programme a local hospital, designed to provide a supported work environment for people with learning difficulties.
  • ‘Blue Sky’ - recruiting ex-offenders into park maintenance work in our Landscaping business.
  • The Wise Group - a social enterprise devoted to helping people gain new skills, get off benefits and into work (operates across Scotland and the North East of England).
  • Training in Lothian - ToiL, provides work placement opportunities for young unemployed people aged between 16 and 24 by easing their transition from school/unemployment into employment, further education or training.
  • ‘Ready to Work’- ISS works with BITC Business Action on Homelessness (BAOH) campaign to offer employability skills training and work placements in the Midlands.
  • ISS -member of the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) Armed Forces Corporate Covenant, demonstrating support for the British Armed Forces. Part of ISS commitment is to support those seeking post-service employment.
  • ‘Inspire Days’ - these sessions aim to motivate and engage unemployed people from 16 to 35 and are run in association with Bromley-by-Bow Community Centre.
  • Movement to Work - a voluntary collaboration between a number of commercial organisations to encourage and support young people into work.
  • Jobbridge - aimed at enabling long term unemployed people in Ireland to return to the workplace by changing careers or by upskilling.
  • Job Centre Plus - We have made a commitment to recruit 20% of our staff from unemployment via Job Centre Plus.
  • Gardening Leave - Our Landscaping business works alongside this charity providing horticultural therapy projects to ex-service personnel with mental health issues.