IWBI announces WELL Equity Rating for “people-first places”

by Sophie Berrill
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The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) has announced the launch of the WELL Equity Rating, a new rating designed to help organisations act on their diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility goals, and improve company culture and employee health.

By providing an evidence-based roadmap, the WELL Equity Rating aims to help organisations create equitable, “people-first” places. 

The rating includes more than 40 features spanning six action areas.

The WELL Equity Rating six action areas:

  • user experience and feedback
  • responsible hiring and labour practices
  • inclusive design
  • health benefits and services
  • supportive programs and spaces, and 
  • community engagement. 

The rating validates an organisation’s actions to advance health and well-being; celebrate diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI) and accessibility; and promote sensitivity, while addressing disparities in populations that have been traditionally marginalised or underserved.

“Organisations worldwide are embracing the powerful role place can play in levelling the playing field and ensuring everyone feels welcome, seen and heard,” says IWBI’s president and CEO Rachel Hodgdon. 

“Many organisations have made commitments to DEI, but precious few have a roadmap for activation. The WELL Equity Rating is a transformative new offering that empowers organisations to make good on their promises— with evidence-based strategies and actions that improve and strengthen company culture, advance DEI goals and address disparities in underserved populations.”

IWBI is a global public benefit corporation geared towards changing health and well-being in buildings, organisations and communities. It administers the WELL Building Standard (WELL), an evidence-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring the performance of building features that impact health and well-being.

IWBI members include Australian organisations such as CBUS and Tetra Tech.

For more information about the Equity Rating, head to the website.

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