Diversity is a central goal in all areas of our business, and our commitment extends to every employee, customer and business partner. We strive to celebrate the many differences that make us unique as they help make our business a successful one. It’s our aim to create a culturally aware workforce and a culturally competent organisation that mirrors the makeup of the communities we serve. Or as Andy Taylor, our Executive Chairman puts it:
Enterprise is fully committed to providing every employee with an inclusive workplace that offers the respect, training and opportunities to succeed. That’s simply who we are as a company, who we are as individuals and how we will continue to build our success in the 21st century.
We also want to ensure we’re able to support local businesses and larger companies owned and operated by a diverse range of people. For these reasons, we’ve forged relationships with key organisations that help us continue to develop our approach to diversity.
Through relationships with organisations like Business in the Community, Opportunity Now, Race for Opportunity, Stonewall and Minority Supplier Development UK, we’re able to meet and share best practice with like-minded companies and individuals, all of whom recognise the importance being a diverse company plays in individual performance and business success.
Our UK and Ireland Diversity/Career and Family Focus Group helps us recruit, retain and develop our work force. We have 10 local teams throughout the UK and Ireland that complement the work of our national team by helping individuals, groups and business units achieve local diversity goals. These teams identify opportunities and recommend any improvements so that we can meet the needs of our employees and help them balance their career and personal commitments.
We are actively involved in local and national diversity recruiting efforts, partnering with such sources as Enactus, Race for Opportunity, Opportunity Now, Business Disability Forum, AHEAD (Association of Higher Education, Access and Disability) in Ireland and Remploy. We have been a proud Diversity Champion with GLEN, the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network.
We partner and have strong relationships with a range of diversity organisations and minority media to make sure we’re casting our recruitment net wide. Many of us volunteer to act as mentors to students, and we’re always looking at ways to make our recruitment process even more transparent, whether that’s changing the way our website works or altering our assessment centres to allow individuals a greater chance to shine.
We offer diversity orientation training for all our employees as well as diversity leadership training for managers. It’s designed to help create better leaders and managers.
We work hard to make sure that our supplier base reflects the diversity of our community as a whole, especially by working to identify opportunities for minority-owned and female-owned companies to do business with Enterprise. Enterprise Rent-A-Car is a founding and charter member of Minority Supplier Development UK, which is a private sector led organisation.
We were honoured to be recognised as the Best Diversity Recruiter in: the 2013 and 2017 student-driven TARGETJobs awards; the 2014 and 2017 NUE Awards and the 2016 GradiIreland awards. They all reflect our constant efforts to be open to all.
We currently hold the ‘two ticks’ positive about disability symbol, which only further demonstrates our commitment to diversity and employing the best talent.
We were proud to receive the Advancement of Social Mobility in Graduate Recruitment award at both the 2015 and 2016 TARGETjobs awards, the largest student-driven graduate recruitment awards in Europe. Our efforts in social mobility were also recognised by the Social Mobility Foundation, who named us as a top 10 employer in the inaugural Social Mobility Employer Index.
The Accessible Technology Charter sets out ten commitments to good practice on ICT accessibility. By signing it we pledged to ensure “disabled and older people can apply for jobs with us, be employed by us and do business with us”.
The Good Recruitment Charter, set up by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, defines good recruitment practice through nine key principles.
By signing up to the Charter we commit to: being fair, legal and ethical in our recruitment procedures; exercise good recruitment practice and apply this equally to all staff; deliver a high standard of candidate experience; offer flexible working arrangements where possible; the continuous development of our staff; asking that our external recruitment providers are signed up to industry codes of practice and that they deliver good recruitment practice; helping to address youth employment through our recruitment procedures and regularly review our recruitment procedures with feedback from candidates.
Voted Graduate Employer of the Year at the 2016 TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards by UK students and a panel of experts.