Awards and Accreditations
We work hard to make sure we are the best we can be, so it is great to be recognised for our achievements and successes.
From business excellence, industry-leading customer service to campaigns which change lives for the better, Stonewater is leading the way across a number of areas.
We maintain a number of industry-recognised accreditations and certifications, which independently assure the quality of our services. This includes when we are shortlisted and win awards, which highlights our excellence and professionalism in the housing sector.
The Regulatory Judgements published by the Regulator of Social Housing give Stonewater ratings for Governance and Viability of G1 and V1 respectively. This indicates that Stonewater meets the requirements set out in the Governance and Financial Viability Standard and is in a strong and stable position.
The international rating agency, Standard & Poor's, has given Stonewater a long-term credit rating of A+.
Accreditations and certifications
Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus
Stonewater has achieved accreditation to the Cyber Essentials Scheme. This is a Government-backed, industry-supported scheme that guides businesses in protecting against cyber threats.
These certifications demonstrate our commitment to keeping data safe, including that of our customers and colleagues.
Sustainable Homes Index for Tomorrow (SHIFT)
We are very proud to have achieved a ‘Gold’ accreditation in its recent Sustainable Homes Index for Tomorrow (SHIFT) assessment. The sustainability standard reviews housing providers on 21 environmental areas including carbon emissions, energy use and biodiversity to provide a comprehensive overview of each organisation’s carbon footprint.
This year, Stonewater scored higher than the 57 per cent required for a ‘Gold’ rating, moving the organisation up to 3rd place out of the 40 most recent SHIFT assessments.
Investing in Ethnicity Maturity Matrix
Stonewater has been awarded 'Advanced Employer' status, after completing the Investing in Ethnicity Maturity Matrix. This work was led by our colleague networking group, 2GeTher, and we are now working towards achieving the top level award of 'Exemplary Employer'.
Workplace Wellbeing Charter
Stonewater has received full accreditation from the Workplace Wellbeing Charter, endorsed by Public Health England and shortlisted by CIPD for Best Health & Wellbeing initiative 2021. The Charter is segmented into eight topic areas, ranging from leadership and absence management to physical activity and healthy eating. We were awarded the highest level of ‘excellence’ in two factors, achievement in five and commitment in one, and will continue to work towards achieving ‘excellence’ in all levels moving forward.
Best Companies - Two-Star Workplace 2022
Stonewater has been recognised as a Best Companies two-star workplace, reflecting ‘outstanding’ levels of engagement. Best Companies accreditation is awarded to the best employers across the UK based on the views of colleagues across a range of areas, including things like learning and development, workplace culture and leadership.
The data from the employee engagement survey each year is used by Stonewater to ensure that they are on the right track as an employer, check how colleagues are feeling, and drive improvements to make Stonewater an even better place to work.
Best Companies - Top 10 best associations to work for 2021
Stonewater has been named as one of this year’s Top 10 best housing associations to work for, coming in at number 6.
The prestigious list recognises the best housing association employers across the UK based on the views of colleagues, who are asked to review the organisation’s training and progression options, workplace traits and an honest review of its management team.
Best Companies - Top 100 companies to work for 2022
Stonewater has been named as one of the top 100 best large companies to work for, as well as being among the top 100 in the Southeast, Southwest, East and West Midlands.
Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) accreditation
DAHA's mission is to improve the housing sector’s response to domestic abuse through the introduction and adoption of an established set of standards and an accreditation process.
DAHA Accreditation is the UK benchmark for how housing providers should respond to domestic abuse in the UK.
Learning & Performance Institute (LPI) Accredited Learning Department
LPI accreditation follows an independent, rigorous assessment process which examines all aspects of an organisation’s learning services. The LPI is the leading authority on workplace learning and development. Its accreditation scheme is the globally recognised quality mark for providers of learning products and services.