Burnley's Calico Group recognised for commitment to diversity and inclusion
Burnley's Calico Group has been recognised nationally for its commitment to workplace diversity and inclusion.
Calico was ranked in fifth placre nationally in The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List.
The Group has many various initiatives to help provide a welcoming environment for all, including ‘This is Me’ groups which were formed to support and champion inclusivity, such as LGBTQI+, BAME and Youth.
Carmel Roberts from The Calico Group, said: “The diversity of our customers is reflected in the diversity of our colleagues; this helps us understand our customers, empathise with, and know their circumstances so we can support and make a real difference to their lives.
The diversity of the Group employees goes far beyond the typical protected characteristics. We also offer employment opportunities to ex-offenders, people who are in active recovery from substance misuse, people who have experienced domestic abuse and traineeships to refugees.”
The Group is also part of external networks (House Proud North West, Housing Diversity Network, Greater Manchester Combined Authority) to learn from and bring this learning to the Group. It is also committed to posting job vacancies via boards that specifically support disabled candidates to find roles with like-minded employers.