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Chiltern Railways receives prestigious Investors in Diversity Award

Chiltern Railways has been awarded the Investors in Diversity Award by the National Centre for Diversity. The award is recognised as the national equality standard – providing organisations with a bespoke approach for improving Fairness, Respect, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement (FREDIE) practices in the workplace.

In the rigorous process of achieving this award, Chiltern Railways has reinforced structured FREDIE standards across the business, and it is now a prominent part of staff induction.

In working with the National Centre for Diversity, Chiltern has implemented a bespoke, manageable framework that consolidates FREDIE practices and places it at the heart of everything we do as a business.

Founded in 2005, the National Centre for Diversity is widely recognised as the leading UK organisation on diversity and inclusion. Their mission is to assist businesses and organisations in boosting staff development and morale by creating a more inclusive environment for those in the workplace.

Chiltern Railways receiving this prestigious accreditation serves to highlight its commitment to continuous improvement and setting an industry-leading standard on Equality, Diversity & Inclusion.

Vanessa Russell, HR Director at Chiltern Railways, said:

"We are thrilled to have received the Investors in Diversity Award from the National Centre for Diversity. FREDIE practices are of vital importance in our workplace and are a foundation of everything that we do as a company. This award is a testament to the positive engagement with these practices seen across the business, which have made Chiltern a more positive, inclusive place to work."

Solat Chaudhry, Chief Executive and Founder of the National Centre for Diversity, said:

"On behalf of the National Centre for Diversity, I would like to congratulate Chiltern Railways, their staff, and stakeholders on the achievement of the Investors in Diversity award.

The Investors in Diversity journey and achievement of the standard gives a positive message to all the stakeholders, internal and external, and each person should be congratulated for their input and success of the organisation.

Once again, congratulations on your success to date. We wish Chiltern Railways all the best in the future and look forward to working with you in the years to come."

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About Chiltern

  • Chiltern Railways is part of the Arriva group, one of the leading providers of passenger transport in Europe, employing 53,000 people and delivering 2 billion passenger journeys a year across 14 European countries. Arriva are part of Deutsche Bahn (DB), one of the world’s leading passenger and logistics companies, responsible for DB's passenger transport services outside Germany.
  • Chiltern operates commuter/regional rail passenger services from its Central London terminus at London Marylebone along the M40 corridor to destinations in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire, as well as long-distance services to the West Midlands along two routes. Services on the Chiltern Main Line run from London Marylebone to Birmingham Snow Hill, Stratford-upon-Avon and Oxford, with some peak-hour services to Kidderminster.
  • Chiltern also runs trains on the London to Aylesbury Line to Aylesbury (with some trains terminating at Aylesbury Vale Parkway instead), on the Princes Risborough to Aylesbury and Oxford to Bicester branch lines.