Global paint manufacturer, AkzoNobel Ashington, has achieved the highest Investors in People accreditation of Platinum, following a year of rigorous evaluations.

Regarded as the world’s most advanced and sustainable paint factory, the site received the second highest 3-year accreditation (Gold) back in 2017, whilst only in their first year of operation.

A few years later with significant operational performance data under their belt, amid a global pandemic, the Ashington team are delighted to have received such a prestigious accreditation.

Investors in People is the international standard for people management, developed to recognise organisations that encourage sustainability and best practices through the management and development of their people.

The IIP assessment involves analysis of site values, policies, employee performance and satisfaction. Information is obtained through online surveys, assessments, individual and group interviews, performance data analysis, a site tour and observations. In line with Covid-19 guidance and restrictions, the site completed most of the assessment steps virtually, including the site tour.

The team at AkzoNobel Ashington has been recognised and praised for several factors including the level of trust between leaders and employees, alignment of reward and recognition, open and effective communication, working toward shared values and for building strong connections with both the internal and surrounding communities.

Head of manufacturing unit at AkzoNobel Ashington, Jeff Hope, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have received the highest accreditation from IIP. Platinum status is something we’ve been aiming for since our launch as we wouldn’t want to offer anything but the best to our employees and their families.

“We’re very grateful to and would like to congratulate, each and every member of the AkzoNobel Ashington team for creating a working environment where this possible. I’m incredibly proud of the team for their ability to convey their passion and enthusiasm, immersing those from outside of our team too.  We would also like to thank our IIP Practitioner for their attention to detail, rigour and support in finding areas where we can keep improving.”

The Ashington site also received praise regarding employee satisfaction. Evidence from the assessments showed that employees felt their work had purpose and that many take pride in what they do; survey data taken from the past three years shows that every single employee believes that ‘their role has an impact on achieving the overall vision of the site’ which is a true representation and a reminder of the importance of working as one team.

Jeff added: “Platinum is a level achieved by only 3% of IIP accredited companies globally. This is a huge achievement for the site and everyone should feel incredibly proud.

“Since our launch, we’ve continued to grow and develop as a team, using the IIP framework to ensure we’re able to continue offering rewarding, varied and secure career options.”