See the value industry leaders take from our Quality Mark
The Quality Mark (IEQM) will put RICS at the heart of the profession leading on rewarding and sharing best practice, and recognising the work of firms of whatever size who are striving towards creating a fully inclusive work force for our sector.
In 2015, RICS launched the Inclusive Employer Quality Mark (IEQM) as a response to the sector being behind other professions in moving towards a more diverse and inclusive workforce.
177 companies are now signatories of IEQM, representing over 300,000 people. This exceeded the 175 firms, targeted by 2017/18.
Following the feedback by professionals and firms across the sector, we are reviewing the IEQM, to ensure that it remained fit for purpose and was a worthwhile quality mark that carried both esteem and value for signatories.
The decision was taken to review the survey to see where it could be improved, and we have based the improvements around four core principles:
This enabled a revision of the self-assessment, a reduction in the number of questions, and a tighter set of principles in line with current issues and challenges.
Key to this is the inclusion of culture as a principle. Construction and property have been sectors where an un-inclusive culture has been prevalent. RICS is committed to raising the awareness of surveying as a career of choice, with the ambition for the profession to be more diverse, however, this is only possible if a more inclusive culture exists. There must be a measurement of this to determine how inclusive organisations are.
We are now in the process of collecting feedback from a small group of internal and external stakeholders. It’s one of the key stages of the revision process which will allow us to re-launch an improved IEQM assessment later this year.
The quality mark is currently under review. If you would like to find out more, please contact us.
Our sign up process is currently under review and refinement, as we integrate our new, simplified, principles. Please check this page at a later date, or keep up to date with how diversity is being driven foward with our Diversity Matters newsletter.