Newton steps up commitment to workplace equity with certification

18 November 2021 3 min. read
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UK based consulting firm Newton has announced it will chase the GEN certification, in the next phase its commitment to workplace equity. Diversity and Inclusion Manager Sandra Masiliso noted that the news will help “empower colleagues” to drive “commitment to real, lasting, and systemic change in the company culture.”

Masiliso recently joined the firm, and added, “When the opportunity arose to join Newton on their Equality, Diversity and Inclusion journey I jumped at the chance. From the outside looking in, I was impressed by the various internal efforts, from diversity awareness months to the Newton Talks podcast which has been unafraid in exploring a range of D&I topics with a range of guest speakers, encouraging diversity of thought. I’m thrilled to be joining at a time when I can help Newton work towards the GEN certification.”

GEN (Gender Equity Now) is a non-profit corporation, partnering with companies to elevate equity to a business imperative. Launched first in the US by Executive Director Sara Sanford and her team, the certification initially focused on intersectional gender parity. In partnership with a consortium of data analysts and a research team at the University of Washington, the certification model has expanded to recognise cultural levers that can be adjusted to counter the biases that impact underrepresented groups of all backgrounds.

Newton steps up commitment to workplace equity with certification

Newton began working toward the GEN certification in August 2021, and GEN will work to assess Newton across over 200 indicators of employee experience and equity-centred best practices. As part of the certification process, the GEN team will identify specific gaps in employee experiences, before working with Newton’s leadership to tailor an action plan and change management program for closing these gaps and adopting best practices.

Sara Sanford, Founder and Executive Director of GEN, said, “We created the GEN Certification as a new gold standard for equity in the workplace, rewarding leading companies like Newton, who raise the bar for workplace equality everywhere… While the certification assessment process is still ongoing, GEN’s team has noted several successes already… The reaction from within Newton towards the first part of the certification process has been outstanding and we look forward to working with them on implementing a targeted action plan. Newton is the first UK company GEN has worked with, and we are enjoying learning together as we embark on this unique process.”

Founded in 2001, Newton is a UK origin specialist in operational improvement. The company looks to help clients solve some of the most complex challenges in the public and private sector across sectors including infrastructure, defence, retail, food and drink manufacturing, healthcare, and social care. On that basis, it is also firmly committed to leading by example – and has announced a commitment to having 30% of its leadership positions held by women by 2023.

Kate Mills, People Director at Newton, commented, “Led by insight and data, GEN helps organisations go beyond intent to take action. Last year we announced our 2023 commitment – this is one of four EDI targets set to ensure that we reflect society more broadly and acknowledge our intention to ensure colleagues are fairly represented at all levels, and across all areas of Newton… Today's partnership represents dedicated action towards achieving our commitment and more importantly, action towards creating a fairer workplace.”