Investing in people
South West Water has been awarded sought-after Investors in People accreditation.
The Exeter-based water company achieved the coveted recognition in double-quick time thanks to hard work by managers across the company.
IIP is a national benchmark awarded to organisations that are committed to the training and development of staff and its linkage to business objectives.
SWW Chief Executive Bob Baty said today: "It's very satisfying to achieve the Investors in People standard and demonstrate how another facet of SWW's activity is contributing to meeting the ever increasing standards expected of us right across the business."
And he added: "IIP recognition, like other benchmarks, does not tell us that everything is perfect. It is 'good' practice rather than 'best' practice - but we are extremely pleased to have been awarded this sought-after recognition.
"Given the fact that we are a major employer with around 1,500 staff, many of whom are geographically remote from our headquarters because of the nature of our business, we are delighted to be classed as an Investor in People."
NOTES TO EDITORS
More than 100 SWW staff participated in one to one interviews with assessors over a three day period.
Staff from across the company worked to ensure the company met the rigorous IIP criteria over a 12 month period prior to this.
The work involved staff from board level to works level. Trade union representatives were also involved in the work.
SWW is due to be presented with the IIP award at a formal ceremony next month.
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Published: 5 October 2000