We know that societies and working environments grow and thrive when there is understanding, trust and respect between people. That’s the reason why we aim to ensure that issues of equality and diversity are a part of all that we do, why we measure our progress through our own unique tool (known as the ‘Diversity Assessment Framework’) and why we invest in a global diversity network that spans all of the countries we work in.
The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries, and builds trust between them worldwide. Working effectively with diversity is an essential part of our work.
Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategy commits us to ensuring that there is no unjustified discrimination in the recruitment, retention, training and development of staff on the basis of age, disability, gender including transgender, HIV/AIDS status, marital status including civil partnerships, pregnancy and maternity, political opinion, race and ethnicity, religion and belief, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, spent convictions, trade union activity or membership, work pattern, having or not having dependents and any other irrelevant grounds.
We aim to promote and abide by equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it. We try to avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising that it is a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights.
We are committed to:
- understanding, valuing and working with diversity to enable fair and full participation in our work
- ensuring that there is no unjustified discrimination in our recruitment, selection and other processes
- ensuring action that promotes equality of opportunity, including conducting equality screening and impact assessments of policies and functions, and progressing diversity action plans
- treating individuals with whom we work fairly and with dignity and respect
- playing our part in removing barriers and redressing imbalances caused by inequality and discrimination.
All staff are required to ensure that their behaviour is consistent with policy. We also insist that clients, customers, partners and suppliers are aware of this policy and operate consistently within it.
We review the policy at least every three years to reflect new legal and regulatory developments and ensure good practice.
Please consult our Diversity Unit site for further information.