Defra Awarded Work Wise Mark Of Excellence

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has become the first government department, and public sector organisation, to be awarded the Work Wise Mark of Excellence.

Environment Secretary, Hilary Benn, was presented with the accreditation for his department at the recent Work Wise UK Summit, at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, by Phil Flaxton Chief Executive of Work Wise UK.
The Mark of Excellence recognises Defra's achievements in introducing smarter working practices, such as home working, flexible working (including condensed hours and nine-day fortnights), mobile and remote working, across the organisation. Defra was assessed using the Work Wise Standard, which was developed in collaboration with the TUC, Transport for London, HBOS, NHS, BT and the Association for Commuter Transport.
Hilary Benn said: "The Work Wise initiative is making a significant contribution, one, to the sustainability of our economy, and two, to its competitiveness, and in the process to the health and wellbeing of all the people involved."
Russell Toms, head of standards and assessment for Work Wise UK, said: "The Mark of Excellence brings together the best in current thinking and provides a framework both for organisations that are already deploying smarter working and want to do more or those that are only just beginning the smarter working journey."


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