Turning Point had Investors in People accreditation suspended after employment tribunal case

The social care charity's gold standard was suspended four days before it expired, and now it is trying to regain it

Charity seeks reinstatement of IIP accreditation
Charity seeks reinstatement of IIP accreditation

The social care charity Turning Point had its Investors in People accreditation suspended earlier this year after losing a high-profile employment tribunal case – and is applying to regain it.

The accreditation is awarded to organisations that are able to display high standards of people management. About 14,000 organisations around the world have achieved the status, with only 3 per cent of those achieving Investors in People’s gold standard.

Turning Point held Investors in People’s gold accreditation until 1 October this year, but it was suspended after a complaint was received about the charity’s practices when it lost an employment tribunal this summer.

The tribunal ruled that Ibukun Adebayo, a former IT director at Turning Point, had been unfairly dismissed from her role. Turning Point is appealing the tribunal’s decision, the charity said.

The accreditation typically lasts for three years. The charity's expired on 5 October, just four days after it was suspended, but Turning Point is reapplying.

Its website continued to display the Investors in People logo until Friday, but the charity said it would be removed shortly after Third Sector asked why it remained.  

A spokeswoman for Investors in People said in a statement: "On 1 October, Turning Point’s Investors in People accreditation was suspended in relation to an employment tribunal case brought to light in the public domain. We can confirm that Turning Point’s Investors in People accreditation officially expired on 5 October. Turning Point is now looking to undertake a full review against the latest Investors in People standard."

A spokeswoman for Turning Point said it was starting the reaccreditation against Investors in People’s "new, rigorous standards".

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