Prove your credentials as a business committed to promoting equality and diversity
Evidence your credentials as a an exemplar employer of disabled people.
The Local Authority Disability Employment Mark (LADEM) has been designed specifically for businesses that have a focus on providing employment for disabled people. It was developed to recognise the specific benefits of supported businesses that are embedded in Local Authorities, with the aim of providing assurance for commissioners and disabled people on the specialist supportive environment available to your employees.
It builds on the experience and evidence of Disability Confident, as well as customs and practices of the Supported Business community as exemplar employers and businesses.
Complete the short registration form and a member of our friendly team will be in touch within 2 days to discuss the next steps.
The Local Authority Disability Employment Mark is designed especially for services within local authorities whose primary purpose is delivering social value through supporting the employment of people with disabilities or long-term health conditions.
Prove your credentials as an employer who is providing a supportive environment for people with disabilities, by submitting to the scrutiny of a rigorous external assessment process. With annual checks against criteria, you can assure customers/partners that you are operating ethically, commercially and upholding sector-agreed standards, with a focus on providing employment opportunities for disabled people.
Provide assurance to commissioners
The Local Authority Disabity Employment Mark was developed in partnership with the Supported Business Steering Group. It aims to provide assurance to commissioners/funding bodies on the quality of employment outcomes that are created for disabled people.
Get recognised as an exemplar employer
Demonstrate your good practice as an exemplar employer that is committed to promoting equality and diversity, by providing valuable support to those people that encounter the greatest barriers to work, enabling them to find and maintain meaningful employment.
Differentiate from competitors
Stand out from competitors, by demonstrating you have been externally scrutinised against robust accreditation criteria, and have proven that your organisation puts people and planet before the interests of shareholders.
Demonstrate your social impact
Prove how you are delivering social value through the employment of people with disabilities or long-term health conditions.
Our social impact questions are designed to help you think about the social impact you create, and to communicate this clearly and succinctly.
“We use the Local Authority Disability Employment Mark to demonstrate our commitment to and the legitimacy of our social value claims.”
To qualify for the Local Authority Disability Employment Mark, you must meet the following criteria:
Must provide a supportive environment for people with disabilities or long-term health conditions
Applicants should be able to provide evidence of a particularly supportive environment for employees with disabilities, which is not available to people working in a typical work place.
Must have clear social objectives, which include facilitating the employment of people with disabilities or long-term health conditions
The social aim of facilitating the employment of people with disabilities or long-term health conditions must be clearly articulated within the legal objects of the organisation, e.g. Articles of Association.
Must demonstrate an effective business model
Applicants must have effective policies and procedures to attract, recruit and retain board members and employees with disabilities or long-term health conditions, to reinforce their ethical positioning. Effective business planning should drive social aims through all strategies and policies as well as setting, monitoring, reporting and actioning social and commercial KPIs.
Must earn at least 50% of income from trading*
Applicants will need to prove that at least 50% of income comes from trading. Trading income is defined as income from sales, fees, contracts, service level agreements but NOT pure grant awards, investment income, donations and loans. This information can be found in company annual accounts.
*In response to the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have agreed a temporary relaxation of the trading income criterion – provided the trading criterion requirement was being met before the outset of the pandemic , any failure to meet it following this will not count against an organisation’s eligibility to hold the Social Enterprise Mark.
A principal proportion of any surplus (or profit) made by the business must be dedicated to facilitating employment for people with disabilities or long-term health conditions
There should be clauses in governing documents confirming an organisation’s commitment to how surplus (or profits) are distributed. It must be clear that at least 51% of any annual surplus (or profits) generated are distributed to facilitate the employment of people with disabilities or long-term health conditions.
Minimum of 50% of employees have disabilities or long-term health conditions
LADEM holders will act as exemplar employers, evidencing the value of employing people with disabilities or long-term health conditions. Applicants will need to show that at least 50% of employees have disabilities or long-term health conditions, and are employed at all levels and in all aspects of the business.
* Please note if you don’t meet all the criteria at the outset, we will support you to achieve this over an agreed time period. Where an organisation doesn’t meet all the criteria, they may still be awarded a ‘Committed’ status, whereby they may be granted a period of up to 3 years to work towards achieving the full ‘Approved’ status (subject to an agreed plan and timeframes).
There is an annual licence fee for the Local Authority Disability Employment Mark, which is calculated based on the turnover* of your business. Staged payment plans are available to spread the cost of the licence.
The annual fee entitles you to:
an independent assessment against robust sector agreed criteria
support and guidance in articulating your social impact
tailored feedback to provide benchmarks for future development
With the Local Authority Disability Employment Mark, you can:
provide assurance to commissioners and funding bodies of the quality of employment outcomes
differentiate from competitors
demonstrate your good practice as an exemplar employer
*The turnover of the business as stated in the most recent set of company accounts.
Applicants are invoiced up front for the licence fee. In the unlikely event that an application is unsuccessful, the licence fee will be refunded, minus a £200 assessment fee.
Please note – all fees are subject to regular review.
The fee tier will be assessed each year at the point of renewal, so if turnover has increased or decreased, the licence fee payable will adjust accordingly.
Annual licence fee
less than £100k
£100k – £199k
£200k – £499k
£500k – £999k
£1m – £2.99m
£3m – £5.99m
£6m – £9.99m
£10m – £14.99m
£15m – £29.99m
£30m – £49.99m
£50m – £99.99m
£100m and above
Register your interest
Complete this short form to register your interest in applying for accreditation. We will then be in touch within 2 working days to provide more information and answer any questions you may have.
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