Healthy Workplace Charter accreditation forms and guides

Information of how to apply for London Healthy Workplace Charter accreditation.

London Healthy Workplace Award - 3 accreditation levels

There are three London Healthy Workplace Charter accreditation levels: Commitment, Achievement and Excellence. The standards / criteria build on the previous level, meaning that to gain Achievement accreditation, an employer must also satisfy the Commitment level criteria.

The Greater London Authority recommend that employers begin with either Commitment or Achivement level. Only in exceptional circumstances, after discussion with their healthy workplace business advisor, will employers be allowed to apply for Excellence accreditation without having already gained Commitment or Achievement level first.

Download the one-page introductory guide to using the London Healthy Workplace Charter framework and applying for accreditation:

Download the full London Healthy Workplace Charter self-assessment framework:

Full London Healthy Workplace Charter self-assessment framework


Accreditation

Commitment level accreditation'Commitment' is the entry level of the Healthy Workplace Charter and is designed to build and recognise good practice in organisations that have recently started to look proactively at employee wellbeing. 

The accreditation process

Applications for this level of accreditation involve submitting a simple application form and some key supporting evidence to the Greater London Authority via email. This accreditation level is suitable for any size of workplace, and is recommended as a good starting point for employers of all sizes and sectors. Your application will be processed within four weeks and the outcome letter will provide feedback for your consideration going forwards.

Step-by-step at Foundation level

Our suggested approach to using the Healthy Workplace Charter framework at Commitment level (and ultimately to preparing your application for 'Commitment' accreditation) is that you:

  1. Write up what is already in place in relation to the standards in the application form for Commitment level accreditation – this way you complete an audit and the bulk of the accreditation application form at the same time and can just add to the form as you go along
  2. With the involvement of employees, write an action plan for how you will address any areas that you’ve identified for development (from
    1. the Charter framework;
    2. feedback from the team;
    3. other priorities that might have emerged recently, perhaps through sickness absence data)
  3. Start to implement your action plan
  4. Finalise your accreditation application form with information about new initiatives / policies and collate your 'key supporting evidence' and email to londonhealthyworkplace@london.gov.uk

A healthy workplace business advisor does not have to be involved in your accreditation process at this level, but you may wish to discuss your action plan and ideas/resources/local services that might be useful for its implementation with an advisor, free of charge. They can also answer any queries you might have on the requirements of the Healthy Workplace Charter.

Register online if you have not already been assigned an advisor.

Relevant documents

Achievement level accreditation'Achievement' is the intermediate level of the Healthy Workplace Charter, building and recognising good practice in organisations that have a more advanced and comprehensive approach to employee well-being. These organisations will be able to look back and show progress over time, demonstrating how they have developed and evolved their approach.

The accreditation process

Applying for Achievement level accreditation involves:

  1. compiling an evidence portfolio;
  2. completing a 'scorecard' which describes the evidence in your portfolio;
  3. a healthy workplace advisor reviewing your evidence portfolio and authorising the submission of your scorecard to the Greater London Authority;
  4. a 'verification day' run by the Greater London Authority (GLA), involving interviews with workplace health experts. You will receive a full feedback report.

To work towards accreditation at this level, you must be connected with an advisor who will send you the 'scorecard' and guide you through the process.

Register online if you have not already been assigned an advisor.

Relevant documents

London Healthy Workplace Charter framework in spreadsheet form [vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.spreadsheetml.sheet] (file size 43.54 KB)

Excellence level accreditation'Excellence' is the advanced level of the Healthy Workplace Charter, for organisations that are embedding employee health and well-being in their corporate culture and values and can demonstrate comprehensive well-being programmes with widespread involvement of employees. In order to be eligible to apply, you must already hold Achievement level London Healthy Workplace Charter accreditation.

The accreditation process

Applying for Excellence level accreditation involves:

  1. compiling an evidence portfolio;
  2. completing a 'scorecard' which describes the evidence in your portfolio;
  3. a healthy workplace advisor reviewing your evidence portfolio and authorising the submission of your scorecard to the Greater London Authority;
  4. a 'verification day' run by the Greater London Authority, involving interviews with workplace health experts. You will receive a full feedback report.

To work towards accreditation at this level, you must be connected with an advisor who will send you the 'scorecard' and guide you through the process.

Register online if you have not already been assigned an advisor.

Relevant documents

London Healthy Workplace Charter framework in spreadsheet form [vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.spreadsheetml.sheet] (file size 43.54 KB)