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Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity

Diversity is about empowering people by respecting and appreciating their differences regardless of nationality, age, gender, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation and education.

It allows for these differences to be explored in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment, leading to an understanding that goes beyond simple tolerance and ensures these differences are truly valued and celebrated.

The rich diversity of all individuals has a positive effect on both society and the workforce.

An individual brings to an organisation a unique set of perspectives, work and life experiences, religious and cultural differences. These diverse experiences can be harnessed and utilised to give businesses a commercial advantage, but only when these differences are respected and valued regardless of an individual’s background.

Inclusion

Inclusion is where a company or organisation creates an environment in which groups or individuals from different cultural and social backgrounds are welcomed, accepted and treated equally.

Some of these differences are obvious such as nationality, age, gender, ethnicity, religion, disability and sexual orientation. However, some are less obvious such as marital status, social background, educational experience or even personality.

Inclusion creates a sense of belonging where people feel respected and valued for who and what they are. Employees that work for inclusive organisations consider themselves supported and engaged, part of the organisation’s overall success, and are more motivated to achieve their full potential.

To create an inclusive environment takes a major shift in an organisation’s cultural approach. This includes, but is not exclusive to, participation in meetings, physical layout of workplaces and access to facilities and information.

In summary

Diversity is the ingredients to a successful business. Inclusion is the recipe to making them all work together.

Useful Links:

McKinsey - report on how growth can be delivered through diversity in the workplace. 

ACAS - offer an Equality and Diversity service

Growth hub providers – help with diversity and inclusion

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