Ensuring that you have a diverse workforce and that workers feel that they have fair and equal treatment is both good for business and an important part of your organisations contribution to social justice. Diversity issues impact on almost every aspect of your business and require careful thought and planning.
There are nine legally protected equality strands. In addition to these seven areas organisations are increasingly concerned about socio-economic diversity and social mobility. This means that you should be thinking about diversity across the following dimensions.
- Gender reassignment
- Marriage and civil partnerships
- Religion and belief
- Pregnancy, maternity and paternity
- Sexual orientation
- Socio-economic background
Each of these issues will need to be thought about individuality, but there are also a range of practices that are likely to improve your organisations equality and diversity across the board.
Over 70% of ISE employer members now say that increasing the social diversity of their intake is a high or medium priority. Back in 2015 only 36% of our employers had a social mobility strategy in place. Yet despite this increased focus, “Those from better off backgrounds are almost 80 percent more likely to be in a professional job than their working class peers”.
The ISE in conjunction with our members have produced this toolkit to help employers, educators and other stakeholders create programmes that ensure that we make a difference to who gets into an organisation and who gets on.
More support on diversity
If you are interested in diversity you may want to get involved in the ISE’s diversity special interest group.
Other useful resources
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