The Gym Group Becomes an Includability Committed Employer

Includability is delighted to welcome The Gym Group as an Includability Committed Employer for 2022.

The Gym Group have successfully completed an initial 5-Star Verification Process in which they have committed to take the journey toward authentic inclusion by integrating fairness into their company culture and into each stage of their recruitment process by making commitments in the fields of sustainability, mental health, wellbeing, talent management, and diversity and inclusion.

The process was independently conducted by Includability Official Partners; Prosperah, Outliers Wellbeing, Flex Wellbeing, Unleashed, and Mental Health Charter CIC to ensure practices align with established definitions of an ‘Inclusive Workplace’.

Founded in 2007, The Gym Group is the original low-cost gym in the UK with over 720,000 members and more than 150 gyms. They are the fastest growing gym business in Europe.

They passionately believe in the goal to break down the barriers to fitness for all. They work to give members a better experience and are always looking for ways to improve. Focussing heavily on their people to deliver their critical successes, their workplace culture helps everyone to do their best work and fulfil their potential.

The Gym Group have sustainability at the heart of their business prioritising the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs). As a physical wellbeing orientated business, they impact Goal 3 – Good Health and Wellbeing – the greatest. They are also committed to Goals 7,12 &13 by committing to reduce their carbon emissions, Goals 5 &10 by building a diverse, inclusive and equal workplace, and Goal 8 by providing good jobs and career opportunities with fair pay and conditions.

Thrilled to achieve Includability Committed Employer status, Rachel Shinn, D&I and Wellbeing Lead at The Gym Group said, “We are thrilled to have completed the 5 Star Verification Process with Includability identifying The Gym Group as an Includability Committed Employer. Our business purpose is to break down barriers to fitness for all and we have done a huge amount of work over the last couple of years to drive inclusion, wellbeing and sustainability at The Gym Group. We are excited to begin working with Includability and their fantastic community to support the next stage on our inclusion journey so that we can continue to create great experiences for our employees and members.”

Includability is a platform centred around community. It has been developed to raise expectation, increase employer accountability and create a new standard for what the recruitment sector should deliver through engagement, collaboration and regularly sharing best practice.

Includability provides a job board to all Includability Committed Employers and Official Partners. We aim to provide inspiration and action for positive change in the workplace. Our vision is to be the number one platform of choice for employers and job seekers and to positively contribute towards a society that is free from discrimination will be achieved through clear communication, collaboration and decisive action.

What makes us different from other community platforms and job boards is every employer advertising on the platform is independently verified using a 5 Star Verification process, or 6 Star Verification process for recruitment agencies, to ensure companies are committed towards the areas of diversity and inclusion, environment and sustainability, mental health, wellbeing, and talent management.

Paul Smith, Founder of Includability, said: “We are delighted to welcome The Gym Group into our Includability Community. It’s great that they were committed to working with our Verification Partners to obtain Includability Committed Employer status. By achieving this, The Gym Group has displayed excellent intentions and transparency. Completing our verification process means they are now part of a growing community of like-minded organisations that will support each other to share best practice, overcome obstacles, empower employees and work collaboratively to create an inclusive culture. I am very excited that we will be taking this journey together.”