Natural History Museum achieves the prestigious Investors in People standard

Press release - 15 May 2008

The Natural History Museum has attained the prestigious Investors in People (IiP) standard and is one of only a handful of Museums’ in the UK to now be accredited. 

The Museum was praised by the IiP recognition panel for a progressive approach to people management and development.

IiP is the national award that recognises best practice in business planning, management and training.  Seventy-one people from across the Museum –including research scientists, exhibition developers and engineers – were interviewed over a six day period. The final report highlighted several areas of strength in the Museum, including:

  • Corporate planning – providing a clear link with departmental and individual job plans. 
  • Learning and development – significant progress has been made over the last few years to ensure that clear strategies and systems are in place. 
  • Strong commitment to diversity and equality for staff – including forums for staff to discuss issues as well as consistent procedures when recruiting, selecting, inducting and appraising staff. 
  • People can clearly identify their contribution to the Museum’s success and feel appreciated for their efforts.

Dr Michael Dixon, Director of the Natural History Museum comments, ‘Attaining the standard was a key objective of the Museum’s corporate strategy and we are delighted that we have been successful in achieving this. For an organisation with almost 800 employees and a further 400 volunteers, students and scientific associates that work with us, we are particularly pleased that the panel felt that our planning and management systems were highly regarded by all professions within the Museum, from housekeepers to renowned scientific researchers. Of course this is only the first step. We will be working hard to ensure that we are continually improving as we hope to retain this prestigious Standard in the years to come.’

John Telford at CQL comments, ‘At CQL Group we passionately believe that to achieve full potential organisations need to nurture and motivate their workforce. We are delighted to see the progress that this world famous institution has made against the Standard, it is clear that a great deal of hard work has resulted in a very progressive approach to people management and development issues.’


Notes for editors

  • Selected by Time Out in 2007 as one of the Seven Wonders of London, the Natural History Museum is also a world-leading science research centre. Through its collections and scientific expertise, the Museum is helping to conserve the extraordinary richness and diversity of the natural world with groundbreaking projects in 68 countries.
  • CQL Group has been a quality centre since 2001 and has facilitated IiP assessment, recognition and associated services to over 3,500 companies in this time.
  • CQL Group was established in 2001, and embraces all areas of employee and organisational development and has established an accomplished reputation for delivering excellent service. CQL strives to partner individual organisations with the sole purpose of implementing practices to enhance all areas of the workplace. Others products provided by CQL include 360, Advice & Consultancy, Business Development Programmes, e- Survey, Lexcel and SFEDI.
  • The Investors in People Standard has long been acknowledged as a business improvement tool, helping organisations of every size, type and location to gain more from their people in support of business goals.
  • The Investors in People Standard and Profile are promoted and developed by Investors in People UK – an organisation whose main stakeholder is the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.

For further information, images or to arrange an interview please contact:
Claudine Fontana, Natural History Museum
Tel: 020 7942 5654 Email:

For further information on CQL please contact;
Lou Cannon, Marketing Contacts
Tel;01252 629222 Email:

Your organisation can benefit from Investors in People!   Contact Capital Quality Ltd (CQL), the home of Investors in People in London for more information.  CQL will also provide you with details of flexible support options to enable you to achieve the Standard, including subsidised support from the London Learning and Skills Council.

CQL Helpline: 020 7016 1925

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