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NATS #2 faith-friendly company in the UK 2023

11 Jul, 2023


On 23 May 2023, the fourth annual Corporate Religious Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (REDI) Index was released in Washington, DC. The REDI Index is the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation’s benchmark assessment of the degree to which companies include religion as an integral part of their diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives. Among US Fortune 500 companies, the Intel Corporation took first place. Among Global Fortune 500 companies, Accenture to the top spot.

Taking the next-to-top spot in the United Kingdom is the National Air Traffic Service (NATS), which has a Faith Network employee resource group (ERG) that fosters a diverse, religiously inclusive workplace aligned with the company’s purpose. The Faith Network acts as an umbrella for individual Faith sub-networks to be encouraged and flourish. In addition, NATS is a Steering Group member of the Faith Friendly Workplaces initiative that has had over 30 Companies participate in its quarterly meetings. They have used these Quarterly meetings as well as Other Company Inclusion Week meetings and materials to influence and inform our D&I practices.. Also, NATS seeks to reasonably accommodate religious needs of employees, including: Prayer times, Religious dress and grooming requirements, Religious dietary requirements, and Space at work for those who wish to pray, meditate, etc.

NATS was recognized for this achievement at a ceremony at Parliament.

L-R: Jim Shannon, Member of Parliament for Strangford; Helen Fuge, NATS; Sam Matthews, NATS; Sandip K. Verma, Baroness Verma; Ridgely Johnson, NATS; Jodie McMenamin, NATS; Brian J. Grim, Ph.D., President Religious Freedom & Business Foundation.