The firm was the highest placed of the Big Four accountancy firms – it came 14th – a fact which EY’s UK chairman Steve Varley described as one of his proudest moments.
“We have worked hard to embed an inclusive and value based culture at the heart of our organisation, which is important when recruiting and retaining the best talent,” he added.
“Our business stands for and achieves so much more than financial success; supporting the well-being of our people and the communities we work in have become a way of life at EY.
“An accolade of this nature is a pat on the back to all our people across the UK, who make EY a positive place to work.”
The Sunday Times also awarded the firm a 1 star accreditation standard acknowledging its excellence in the workplace, and special awards for “best improver” and “learning and development”.
It’s obviously EY’s week – as well as all the accolades from the Sunday Times, the firm was awarded a Mental Health First Aid England Award 2015 at the House of Lords last week.
Last year EY became one of the first professional services firm to sign up to eight pledges in the Department of Health’s Public Health Responsibility Deal as part of its commitment to supporting the emotional, mental and physical health of its employees.
One of the firm’s initiatives involved 235 employees attending mental health first aid training. They now act as a first point of contact for staff facing mental health challenges or seeking advice.
There is also a mental buddy scheme which provides an informal support network for anyone affected by a mental health condition.
Its Workplace MHFA Champion Award described its initiative, Thinking Differently, as “inspirational”.