Diversity and inclusion
When it comes to people, our objective is very clear: we want to recruit, retain and develop the very best, and that means getting the right mix of people too.
At Mitie, we’re committed to the concept that diversity of skills and thinking, as well as diversity of background, gender, ethnicity and disability will set us apart from our competitors, by giving us a sharp and sustainable understanding of the markets in which we operate. After all, we can only give clients the best service if we have the very best people on the case; and that means people with a wide range of skills and backgrounds.
So how do we make sure this thinking is embedded in our business?
Back in 2010, we set up a Diversity Steering Group, a team of senior managers from across the business, chaired by an independent expert Anne Watts CBE. They regularly undertake external benchmarking exercises to reflect best practice in the diversity and inclusion agenda, and review our policies to ensure we’re fulfilling our aspirations.
We also have a team of Diversity Champions across the business who are accountable for delivering business-specific diversity initiatives at every level of the organisation and have all completed the ILM level 4 qualification in Equality and Diversity.
It seems to be working too. We’ve been included in the Times top 50 places for women to work five years in a row, we’ve won awards for supply chain diversity and widening the talent pool, and our scores are sky high in diversity and sustainability benchmarking exercises.