Our commitment to equality
Equality and diversity is very important to us.
The terms 'equality' and 'diversity' have often been used interchangeably, however, they do have different definitions. Sometimes the term 'inclusion' is also used.
Making sure everyone is treated fairly and given an equitable chance to access opportunities. The notion of equality or equal opportunities is not about treating everyone the same, it's about levelling the playing field to address the different needs individuals may have, in order to achieve the same outcomes.
Diversity literally means ‘difference’. When this term is used it recognises and values individual as well as group differences. It also means treating people as individuals, placing positive value on the diverse aspects they bring as a result of belonging to a certain personal cultural, linguistic religious, faith or background characteristic.
Inclusion is seen as a universal human right. The aim of inclusion is to embrace all people irrespective of any of the protected characteristics, giving equal access and opportunities and getting rid of discrimination and intolerance (specifically in terms of removal of barriers). Inclusion as a term in its own right is around understanding how inclusive behaviour affects all of us in all aspects of public life.