To date, 12 UK companies have received the Silver accreditation and 20, the Bronze. IiP provides a framework for improving organizational performance and competitiveness through a planned approach to setting and communicating business objectives and developing people to meet these objectives. The Standard was developed in 1990 by a group of organizations representing both employees and employers in the UK, and was launched nationally in 1991.
The framework is based on three main principles:
- Plan - developing strategies to improve the performance of the organization.
- Do - taking action to improve the performance of the organization.
- Review - evaluating the impact of its investment in people on the performance of the organization. Each principle has clear indicators underpinning them.
Companies that choose to be assessed by IiP must adopt this framework, and their adherence to it is assessed.