Diversity, Equality and Inclusion for the 21st Century
Diversity is a fact of life: whether in nature, in society or in business. People thrive when the distinctive characteristics of individuals and groups have a chance to flourish and find their appropriate expression without unfairly discriminating against others. For the best results, diversity needs to go hand-in-hand with equality and inclusion.
The Equality Academy team is made up of subject matter experts in thinking, policy and practice that promote diversity with equality and inclusion. We have an up-to-date, practical grasp of how to help businesses welcome and make the most of customer and staff diversity.
Our offers include equality & diversity audits, a wide range of tailored workshops for managers and staff at every level, executive coaching, and a full suite of diversity leadership development inputs to assist you in managing diversity positively. Our work covers, and go beyond, the nine “protected characteristics” recognised in law because we want to offer a deeper understanding of diversity. We recognise the impact of unconscious bias and the importance of group characteristics, such as sex, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or disability. But we never lose sight of the value and uniqueness of individuals.
We also have a deeper understanding of equality – one that goes beyond crudely stereotyping people into “groups with different needs”. Diversity is core business – and we believe it can also be your greatest asset.
Every successful organisation, whether public or private sector, needs to:
- Offer excellent service to the customer
- Develop a happy and productive workforce
- Make efficient use of resources
- Compare favourably with competitor or similar businesses / agencies
All of these goals can be strongly supported by positive engagement with diversity – and none of them can be fully achieved without it. Positive engagement means developing your diversity culture, fostering your leadership and bringing your people along on a learning and improvement journey as willing travellers.
In 2012, punitive approaches to “equality of opportunity” do not work and are unsuitable for the culture of 21st century businesses. Our clients tell us we’ve struck the right balance in our approach. Whatever your line of business or level of experience in this area, we’re confident that we can help you develop a sensitive, intelligent and positive approach to diversity, equality and inclusion.