Achievements listed by the most recent.
Met Office moves up one place to fourth (out of 311) on Sitemorse assessment for our web site accessibility. Sitemorse regularly conducts surveys of public and corporate organisations. They survey sites based on function, accessibility, code quality, performance, email , metadata and PDFs. In their own words "Sitemorse offers independent, authoritative and accountable software to ensure the quality, compliance, performance, availability and compatibility of your web estate."
See the Met Office position and details on the Quarter 4 2012 results for UK Central Government.
Our very top-level scores on our annual Employee Attitude Survey (EAS) were very positive overall. The scores for all but one of the nine engagement driver themes in the survey have increased in the last year. Positive responses to Diversity related questions have also increased. The largest increase is in 'Leadership and Managing Change' (up 8%). This is where our scores have been quite challenging in recent years, so this progress is especially welcome.
Following annual assessment the Met Office has met the required standard to retain the Two Tick Disability Symbol User status, which recognises the organisation's commitment to good practice in employing disabled people
Bray Leino appointed as new provider of Diversity and Equality Training at the Met Office for both employees and managers.
The Met Office had not previously collected or analysed data about all the Protected Characteristics so Diversity Declaration screens were launched to collect data on the Protected Characteristics, enabling the organisation to meet the requirements of the Public Sector Equality Duty.
Declaration rates as at 31 January 2012
Religion and Belief
Overall Declaration Rate
Choose not to declare
(* includes 'choose not to declare')
The Met Office Weather Desk team received the 'Sustainability' award in the 2011 Met Office Awards for Excellence. Winners are selected by an Awards Panel consisting of our non-Executive Directors, chaired by Robert Napier (Chair of the Met Office Board).
In this category, the Awards selection panel recognise examples of employees helping the Met Office meet its objectives in a sustainable way and acting in a positive manner in its dealings with employees, customers, suppliers and the wider community.
The Met Office Weather Desk team achieved a third place in the 'Inspiration' category at the recent Ministry of Defence People Awards. This was for the work done over the last three years providing work placement for young adults from both the West of England School and College based in Exeter for people with little or no sight and also 'CEDA' (a charity organisation based in Exeter that creates opportunities with disabled people).
These awards recognise, celebrate and reward the outstanding contributions of both civilian and military individuals, teams and groups who work to promote a spirit of inclusion, tolerance and diversity.
The Met Office achieved Gold in Business in the Community's (BITC) 2011 Corporate Responsibility Index (CRI), the UK's leading voluntary benchmark of corporate responsibility, which includes benchmarking our Diversity and Equality activities. Link to BITC on Sustainability pages
The Met Office achieved a Bronze award in 'e-quality' (a cross strand benchmarking tool designed by the Employers Forum on Age (EFA) and Belief (EFB)). Demonstrating our organisational performance in diversity in relation to eleven dimensions of diversity across six of the protected characteristics defined in the Equality Act 2010.