What does it take to win a RIDI award? We caught up with Ben Weston, Head of Business Services at Guidant Group, to find out. Guidant Group recently won the RIDI Awards 2018 Supply Chain Management Award, and we spoke to Ben about how he and his team work to help improve disability confidence in Guidant’s staffing supply chain.
Guidant Group is an expert recruitment outsourcing provider, and at the core of what we do for our clients is provide expertise to the process of recruiting top calibre employees and professional contractors, so that they can focus on what they do best. We are privileged to partner with a range of very well-known organisations in both the Private and Public sector. Our relationship with these clients is such that they understand that we can use our influence to do a lot more than simply provide shortlists of CVs. And one of these areas which is very close to our hearts is in ensuring that we help them with their diversity and inclusive recruitment policies.
Encouragingly, an increasing number of these clients are asking us to seek out partnerships with staffing firms who are also on the Disability Confident journey, and it’s vital that we respond to this. We have therefore taken a proactive approach to building Disability Confidence within our own supply chain as we know that their support is vital if we are to attract and engage more disabled talent onto our clients’ programmes.
I am fortunate to say that my job role is very wide ranging, from ensuring that our dedicated delivery teams can commit to 100% role fulfilment through the right suppliers, through to supporting our clients through legislative changes which affect the process of recruiting staff and the holding of data.
Our organisation operates a promise-based culture and we make promises to one another internally as well as to our clients and suppliers, all with the target goal of being the most trusted staffing business in the industry. One of my personal promises for this year is focussed on an area which is very close to my heart, ensuring that 100 of our supplier partners achieve Disability Confident Level 2 status by the end of this year.
As a Disability Confident Level 3 Leader we have a belief right across our business that we can have a significant impact on the industry we operate in and that we should encourage all of our suppliers to start their own Disability Confident journey.
To date 38 of our suppliers (and 17 of our clients) have signed up to the government’s Disability Confident scheme, however, we are acutely aware that this is not enough and there is more work to be done. That’s why we continuously strive to lead by example, share best practice and set out the business case for Disability Confidence.
In 2016 we started working with the DWP to co-host Disability Confident events for our suppliers, clients and strategic partners. The DWP came and spoke about the Disability Confident campaign launch, the disability employment gap, and the facts about how easy most organisations found making reasonable adjustments for disabled employees. This helped to dispel myths about the language to use when speaking to disabled candidates and the costs involved in making reasonable adjustments.
We are planning more Disability Confident events in partnership with DWP for our supply partners, and are also looking into whether we can supplement these events with complimentary resources which will help them on their journey to becoming Disability Confident. These resources include our Guide To Digital Inclusion For Recruiters which we created recently in partnership with our web accessibility partner Recite Me.