National Equality Standard

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18 December 2014 , Eastern Eye
Vince Cable backs plans to raise FTSE 100 board diversity

15 October 2014 , EY
NES’s Arun Batra named as one of the Britain’s most influential Asians

8 September 2014, HR Magazine
Linklaters received first ever NES accreditation

8 September 2014, Law Society Gazette
Linklaters awarded diversity standard

13 August 2013, Personnel

10 June 2014, Social Integration Commission
Arun Batra discusses the NES & social integration


4 October 2013, Telegraph
Arun Batra discusses the NES

13 August 2013, Personnel Today
Trevor Phillips, don’t dump diversity on HR

13 June 2013, Recruiter
Pilots drive the way for a National Equality Standard
“Large UK employers have participated in testing and helping NES – currently an EY subsidiary – to refine the offering which will help organisations to measure their performance in diversity and inclusion.”

5 June 2013, OBV
Arun Batra: On a mission to deliver equality
“Arun Batra is on a mission to radically transform the corporate world. It’s radical because at its core he believes that dynamism, creativity, strength and loyalty are achieved in no small measure by companies achieving greater equality. The other radical aspect to Batra’s big idea is that he has convinced some of the biggest names in the corporate world to buy into his plans.”

29 May 2013, HR Magazine
Employers take decisive action to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace
“A group of leading employers led by EY and supported by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and the CBI has announced the launch of a National Equality Standard (NES).”

28 May 2013, Equality and Diversity Forum
Launch of the National Equality Standard
“The National Equality Standard, launched in 2013, is sponsored by EY in partnership with 18 other UK and global companies. It is supported by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and the CBI. The NES is a groundbreaking initiative developed for business, by business, which sets clear equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) criteria against which companies will be assessed.”

23 May 2013, Accountancy Live
EY takes lead on diversity standard
“EY is leading an initiative to launch a National Equality Standard (NES) for business later this month, which is designed to help companies create more diverse and inclusive organisations.”

23 May 2013, ILM – Equal Measure
The National Equality Standard Launches
“The National Equality Standard is a new business-led initiative that measures diversity and inclusion within UK businesses. Matt McAllister speaks to two key figures behind the Standard to find out why equality is a business necessity “

23 May 2013, Sainsbury’s
Sainsbury’s signs up to the National Equality Standard
“Sainsbury’s is one of 18 major UK businesses to sign up to a new National Equality Standard (NES), to promote diversity and inclusion.”

21 May 2013, Ask Grapevine HR
EY develops business-led diversity initiative
“EY has announced the launch of a National Equality Standard (NES) to tackle inequality and promote inclusion, receiving backing from top UK businesses.”

20 May 2013, Personnel Today
New workplace equality standard launched
“A new standard for equality in the workplace has been launched by businesses in conjunction with the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and the CBI.”


6 December 2012, Consultant-News
EY pens National Equality Standard
“Harry Gaskell, Managing Partner – Advisory Services, says there is a lack of clarity and inconsistency in businesses’ efforts to tackle inequality and diversity.”

1 September 2012, Telegraph
Steve Varley: ‘Business needs to remember it’s part of society’
“Steve Varley, the UK boss of EY, discusses trade trips with the Prime Minister and how his firm is making a difference beyond accounting.”

EY is currently hosting the National Equality Standard website and is working closely with our partner Microsoft to develop an interactive NES portal.