Social Value International – the global organisation that promotes and champions social value – has given Mears Group a Level 1 social value certification for their activity.
Mears are the first organisation in the housing sector to achieve this accreditation, which showcases their commitment to implement systems and processes that are consistent with Social Value Principles.
Group Head of Customer Success Tracey Lyth said: “Our commitment to social and diversity impact is exceptional. It’s what makes Mears stand out in our sector and it’s a concept that is embraced brilliantly by colleagues from Board to front line. This certification is important because it enables us to demonstrate that what we do isn’t just lip service – its recognised on a global scale as being up to standard.”
The Social Value Certificate looked at the systems and processes in place for maximising social value and is awarded following an extensive examination and evidence period. The certification demonstrates that Mears’ social value activity aligns to an international standard for managing social impact and shows the steps they’re taking towards maximising the value that they can create.
Added Tracey: “We recently launched the social and diversity impact toolkit for 2020, which is available on our social value app available to Mears employees. We’ve got a plan to really ensure activity is centred throughout the organisation over 2020 and logged so that we can measure the real impact we make. We’ve already started work on Level 2 certification and are confident we’ll have achieved this by March 2020.”