Orignially posted: http://www.pluss.org.uk/blog/2014/04/pluss-achieves-merlin-standard/
Following an external assessment by emqc Ltd in February Pluss are delighted to announce that we have been successful in achieving the Merlin Standard. The Merlin Standard been designed by DWP to recognise and promote sustainable excellence within supply chains. Merlin-logo--03Pluss is a social enterprise that helps people with Disabilities and Health conditions into employment. As a key part of our work, we deliver Work Choice, the DWP’s specialist disability employment programme, across the South West, West of England and West Yorkshire, with support from sub-contractors including Workwise – Calderdale Council, Pentreath, Shaw Trust and Skills for Work – Bradford Metropolitan District Council. Pluss was assessed on the four key Merlin Principles of Supply Chain Design, Commitment, Conduct and Review with a total of 50 criteria being evaluated in all. Lead Assessor Andy Richardson reported that “Key to Pluss’ success are its strong values that drive both strategic direction and operational practices. Many of the Supply Chain Partners commented that they enjoyed working with Pluss because of these values and operating principles as they were very closely matched to their own. These values in turn invoke a sense of respect and trust throughout the supply chain and underpin many of the other strengths” Pluss’ commitment to continually innovate and drive change for the benefits of disabled people looking to find work was noted “The production of the “Right Job – Right Support” is an excellent example of how the changing needs of customers and wider stakeholders are being considered at a strategic level.” Pluss CEO Martin Davies said “We are fully committed to the principles and goals of the Merlin standard, and achieving this accreditation is evidence of our good practice in developing and managing our supply chain and has only been achievable due to the excellent partnerships we have across our supply chain. We would like to give especial thanks to all of our supply chain partners for their on-going work and support in achieving excellent outcomes for our customers. We look forward to continuing grow and develop our valued relationships in the future.”