Serco, the FTSE250 company that is a contractor for the provision of government services in UK & Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and the Middle East, announced on LinkedIn this week that they are delighted to be one of the first global organisations to have received the ISO 45003 accreditation for psychological health and safety.
The accreditation reflects Serco’s ongoing commitment to the health, safety, and wellbeing of colleagues.
Serco employs over 50,000 people, operating across four geographies and five sectors: Defence, Justice & Immigration, Transport, Health and Citizen Services.
Recognising the importance of taking a joined-up, cross-departmental approach to workplace wellbeing, Serco’s post on LinkedIn explained:
“We want to be a leader in wellbeing and an employer of choice, so we challenged ourselves to complete the accreditation which is the first global standard on supporting psychological health in the workplace. We are very proud that the process highlighted the collaboration and joint working already in place between our health and safety teams, our people, and operations”.
The ISO 45003 Standard for Psychological Health and Safety was introduced in 2020. It provides guidance on the management of psychosocial risk, as part of an occupational health and safety management system.
Even though it is not mandatory, ISO 45003 is a useful tool for embedding health and workplace wellbeing programmes.
As witnessed by the recent CCLA Corporate Mental Health Benchmark report – with growing interest from investors in how organisations are supporting the mental health and wellbeing of their people – being able to demonstrate commitment through ISO 45003 could be advantageous on many levels.
It’s notable that Serco posted strong half year results for 2022 and did better in the first half of the year than they expected in January. Could this be a reflection of the organisation’s commitment to protecting the wellbeing of colleagues and the communities in which they operate and serve?
Serco follows in the footsteps of EMCOR UK, the first UK organisation to achieve ISO 45003 accreditation.
You can find more about the ISO 45003 Standard for Psychological Health & Safety here.
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