Mark Bowman, chief executive, said: “We work hard to continuously improve our approach to the supply chains we operate, and the Merlin Standard is an important aspect of the company’s ethos and way in which we do business, so we are really pleased with the result.
“We look for contracts that are part of our make-up - fit our values and principles and focus on employability, personal development or career management.”
The Merlin Standard was developed by the Department of Work and Pensions in collaboration with representatives of the welfare sector.
It is assessed in eight categories, and in three of these categories – procurement, contracting and funding – Inspira was awarded an excellent, and scores of good in the other five.
Mr Bowman added: “We have tier two suppliers who deliver an end to end service for us and we also have tier three suppliers who deliver things that are more specialised – such as outdoor activities.
“We design and develop our supply chains by ensuring we know our partners well, and that we always adhere to a robust approach from design through to performance management, quality assurance and review.”