This Equality and Diversity Policy is a statement of a company's commitment to promoting diversity in all areas of employment and to providing an inclusive working environment where everyone feels valued and respected, irrespective of their race, gender, marital/civil partnership status, age, disability, religion or belief, colour, national origin or sexual orientation. It goes further than an Equal Opportunities Policy, in that, rather than just complying with the law, it emphasises the business and personal benefits to be gained from valuing the differences between people.
Many businesses find it helpful to have a workforce that reflects the community they trade in because it helps them to understand their customers and to tailor their goods and services so as to build trust and goodwill among them and suppliers. Encouraging staff diversity also makes it more interesting for employees. This benefits employee productivity and retention, leading to lower recruitment and training costs.
This Equality and Diversity Policy is suitable for use in England, Scotland and Wales and covers the following:
- benefits of diverstiy
- policy and scope
- managing diversity
- unlawful discrimination
- bullying and harassment