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The plc Aon has gained the Secured Environments accreditation for its Global HQ at the Leadenhall Building, in London EC3V. This award makes Aon – a re-insurance and professional services company – only the second in the City of London to have achieved this status, joining 27 other British businesses across the UK to have received the police-approved accreditation.
Aon and the security contractor Mitie worked on a 12-month plan to show their commitment to creating a secure environment. The contractor and client worked to show to auditors that the site had adopted six key principles for protecting the building against crime. These principles cover; a commitment to security and strong understanding of the issue by senior leadership, to responding to risks by managing and implementing evidence-based crime prevention measures, and an established evaluation process to assess these measures. The process also included an internal communications plan, engaging and educating employees at every level of the business – from the C-Suite to front-line staff – on security processes.
The award was formally given during at The Aon Centre on Monday, January 27, attended by City of London Police Commissioner, Ian Dyson, and criminologist and the accreditation auditor, Prof Martin Gill of consultancy Perpetuity.
Mitie has worked with Aon for eight years, Mitie having acquired VSG in October 2018. VSG held the account for seven years prior. The FM contractor provides manned guarding for Aon offices in London and Epsom, plus key-holding for 30 other locations in the UK, and management of Aon’s 24/7/365 Security Services Centre, covering 51 countries across EMEA. In 2019 Mitie secured a three-year contract extension to continue to the end of 2022.
Kevin Allchorne, Regional Head of Corporate Protection Services – UK, EMEA and APAC, at Aon, said: “We’re delighted to have achieved the Secured Environments accreditation, for our global HQ in the city of London. It not only demonstrates the focus and commitment on security from the very senior management level within our firm, it also reflects the continual time, effort and energy that my security management team, and our partner Mitie Security, dedicates, to maintaining appropriate levels of security to protect our people, property and information.”
Jason Towse, Managing Director, Business Services at Mitie, said: “Mitie Security is trusted to help keep some of the capital’s most prestigious and important buildings safe and secure, so it is gratifying to see our team’s hard work recognised. We’re immensely proud to have helped Aon achieve the Secured Environments accreditation, especially as Leadenhall is only the second site in London to have reached this high standard.”