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A good workplace promotes equality and diversity. It isn’t a legal requirement to have an Equality & Diversity Policy, but it is a requirement not to discriminate against anyone you deal with in your company, whether that be an employee or anyone else you come into contact with as part of your business.

This article, extractracted from the Responsible Business Workbook highlights areas covered by the Equality Act 2010, which states it is a requirement not to discriminate against anyone on the following basis:

  •  Age
  •  Disability
  •  Gender reassignment
  •  Marriage and civil partnership
  •  Pregnancy and maternity
  •  Race, ethnic or national origin, colour and nationality
  •  Religion / belief or lack of any religion/ belief
  •  Sex
  •  Sexual orientation

Not only is it good practice to have a written policy that is understood and followed across the business, it is essential if trying to win public sector contracts. It may also be worth considering The Common Standard for Equalities in Public Procurement.

A free pdf download, Delivering Equality and Diversity, is also available from ACAS.

There can be many benefits to ensuring diversity in the workplace as demonstrated by our article on Employing the Disabled.



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