Sterling Partners With Costa Coffee to Streamline Employee Screening
Costa Coffee provides ‘ID as a service’ product to Sterling for efficient background screening of candidates through facial recognition
Sterling, a provider of background screening services, announces a landmark partnership with Costa Coffee to provide its ‘ID as a service’ product, which makes use of innovative facial recognition technology to streamline employee screening, to support the company’s Right to Work process.
By allowing candidates to provide a ‘selfie’ along with a photo of their official documents, the two are instantly cross-referenced. Costa Coffee realizes, following a robust consultation with Sterling, that the former has improved its efficiency of their background screening program, and has received positive feedback from candidates.
Commenting on the partnership, Tim Stokes, Head of Sales at Sterling EMEA, said, “We are all aware of the importance of efficient right to work checks and the value of technology in speeding up the process. Therefore, we are delighted that a company as large and prestigious as Costa Coffee is embracing technology that not only streamlines the process but also vastly improves the candidate experience.”
“This efficiency will be even more important following the economic impact of the coronavirus. When the economy bounces back, and hiring volumes increase, having this product in place will set businesses apart. Therefore, we are delighted with Costa’s quick and efficient implementation of the product, and the early results that it is providing for them.”
Andrew Ratcliffe, Head of People Shared Services at Costa Coffee, said,“It is crucial that we work with valuable partners that can assist us in building our HR technology. Our main criteria for a provider were speed, mobile capacity, ease of use and simplicity. Sterling provided all of these, and I’m delighted with the product, which is not only enabling us to hire up to 350 people a week during peak times, but also seamlessly interfaces with our ATS systems.”
“We always look at technology with the end-user in mind – and it was clear from our first meeting with Sterling that candidate experience was a top priority for them. This made partnering with the company a no-brainer.”