Promoting and supporting diversity in the workplace is about valuing everyone as an individual. However, to reap the benefits of a diverse workforce it is vital to have an inclusive environment.
Inclusion is where people's differences are valued and everyone feels that they belong without having to conform, that their contribution matters and they are able to perform to their full potential, no matter their background, identity or circumstances.
The new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy (PDF) aims to expand on the Single Equality Scheme that was previously in place, and sets out the Council's commitment to an inclusive and supportive environment for staff, Members, contractors and visitors that is free from discrimination.
Following a period of public consultation, the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy was adopted by the Finance and Assets Committee on 25 January 2021.