An investor in people

CMS Window Systems has been awarded the Gold Accreditation for Investors in People (IIP) until 2021, having achieved IIP Gold initially in February 2015.

The Gold award, which is achieved by only 18% of organisations in the UK, recognises companies that strive for the best possible standards in people and management, and that support and nurture talent, and encourage personal development.

According to IIP assessors, CMS performs effectively across key areas of its leadership and management. This is reflected in it being awarded ‘advanced’ status for how its leadership team works, how it inspires others to live the company’s values and behaviours, and how it empowers employees and involves them. This was also the case in respect of how it manages, recognises and rewards performance and how managers structure work to deliver on business ambitions.

CMS said it places people development and social sustainability at the core of its business strategy. For example, it introduced the Living Wage in 2015, it has a strong track record in providing employment opportunities to those from challenging backgrounds, and it is a major provider of apprenticeships. Last year it developed its programme further with the creation of the CMS Apprentice Academy, which is currently helping 12 young people prepare for their future career paths.

IIP assessor Nicola Dillon said: “This is fantastic achievement for CMS, which clearly demonstrates a strong commitment to continuous improvement, leadership development and creating a supportive environment for employees. I would like to congratulate the whole team for making CMS a great place to work, develop and thrive.”