Enterprise has again been recognised for their commitment to being an inclusive, diverse employer as they took home two UK Social Mobility Awards (SOMOs) for ‘Progression of the Year’ and ‘Organisation of the Year’. The SOMOs, now into their fifth year, were set up to recognise the people and institutions dedicated to leading the way in advancing social mobility in the UK.
The Awards celebrate the achievements of organisations who embed social mobility as a core business strategy; from recruitment and/or progression activity within their own workforce, supporting their local communities, or by influencing the debate amongst their stakeholders and competitors.
Organisers and partners of the SOMOs recognise that social mobility not only benefits business, but society as a whole. By providing a platform to raise awareness of the importance of advancing social mobility, and celebrating best practice, the SOMOs are creating a movement of institutions passionate about making change happen.
Following what has been a challenging couple of years that has had a profound impact on businesses of all sizes, it is particularly commendable to see organisations remain committed to social mobility. The Awards, which are sponsored by Capita, attracted entries representing a range of sectors and industries, and demonstrating excellence in their social mobility initiatives. Entries were evaluated by a prestigious judging panel, made up of influencers from business, charity, politics, and the public sector and chaired by HM Lord Lieutenant of London, Ken Olisa OBE.
Ashley Hever, Talent Acquisition Director at Enterprise Rent-A-Car commented:
‘Social mobility and widening participation have always been part of Enterprise’s business strategy; we believe that where you start in life shouldn’t define your future success.
‘Our doors are open’ is one of Enterprise’s 8 founding values; ours is an inclusive environment. From candidates and employees to customers and business partners, we embrace the differences that make us successful and unique. Social mobility is embedded within our brand value proposition, our recruitment campaigns and our internal culture’.
Tunde Banjoko OBE, Founder of The UK Social Mobility Awards, added:
“We are delighted that the UK Social Mobility Awards shows that there continues to be positive activity being conducted across the country, as corporate Britain comes together to drive forward social mobility. However, as much as has been done, we still have significant work to do, as when it comes to social mobility, there is no limit to better. I’d like to congratulate Enterprise Rent-A-Car for winning both ‘Progression Programme of the Year’ and ‘Organisation of the Year’, for the outstanding work they are doing in progressing the movement”.
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