High Speed Training, a leading Yorkshire provider of online training and e-learning based in Ilkley, has been certified as a B Corporation, underlining the company’s commitment to creating positive impacts on its staff, customers and the environment.
The certification scheme, which is run by global non-profit B Lab, ensures that a business meets high standards of social and environmental impact, focusing on a company’s approach to its governance, customers, environment and communities.
High Speed Training, who have certified over 2.5 million learners since 2008, received the certification following a wide-ranging assessment of their working practices, including their approaches to staff wellbeing, impact on wider communities, customer satisfaction and environmental impacts.
In recent years, High Speed Training have run a number of initiatives to support communities, including donating over £400,000 worth of PPE training for healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, and creating a free Safeguarding in Sport course with former England footballer and abuse survivor Paul Stewart.
In 2018, the company introduced a profit-share scheme that aims to give their colleagues a stake in the business. Other benefits offered to employees include free life insurance, access to free, confidential counselling sessions and employee assistance programs.
In the most recent results from industry body Best Companies, High Speed Training placed 39 in the Top 50 Best Mid Sized companies to work for in the UK, 18th in the top 25 for Yorkshire and Humberside and 4th in Education and Training organisations in the UK.
Dan Jordan, Founder of High Speed Training, said: “We are honoured that High Speed Training has become part of the B CorpTM family. It’s testament to the years of hard work that have gone into building a customer-focused company that truly values its employees and the wider communities that we are a part of.
“More and more, people are looking to organisations to prove that they are making positive choices, choices that protect their customers, their employees and the environment. We’re incredibly proud of the culture that has been built here over the last 15 years, and achieving BCorp status shows our commitment to continuing this journey.
“For us, a successful business is one that has people at its heart, whether that is our colleagues and the communities we live in, or each and every one of our 2.5million learners. Being recognised as a B CorpTM aligns so closely with our values as a business - it’s a goal that we always wanted to achieve. To be able to join the community of thousands of like-minded businesses worldwide is a real privilege.”
Chris Turner, Executive Director of B Lab UK, said “We are delighted to welcome High Speed Training to the B Corp community. This is a movement of companies who are committed to changing how business operates and believe business really can be a force for good. We know that High Speed Training are going to be a fantastic addition to the community and will continue driving the conversation forward”.
“We are pleased to have B Corps of all shapes and sizes as part of our community – from startups to multinationals and across many different industries. Business is a powerful force and B Corps demonstrate that you can do good in any sector. Welcoming High Speed Training is an exciting moment because they have an opportunity to lead the way within the online training industry. We and the rest of the B Corp community are really pleased to support them in paving the way for a new way of doing things”.
“Being able to welcome High Speed Training to the B Corp community is hugely exciting. Their commitment to doing business differently will be an inspiration to others and really help spread the idea that we can redefine success in business to be as much about people and planet as it is about profit”.
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