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Our work is based on building meaningful, enduring and respectful relationships across different cultures. We cannot do this without a strong commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. 

Our aim is to mainstream equality, diversity and inclusion. That means taking diversity into account as we deliver processes and functions, considering it as part of policy decisions and building it into the planning of programmes and projects.

Equality of opportunity is about treating people fairly and without bias and about creating conditions in the workplace and wider society that encourage and value diversity and promote dignity. 

Diversity is concerned with creating an inclusive environment and practices which benefit the organisation and those who work in and with it. It takes account of the fact that people differ from one another in many ways. Understanding, valuing and effectively managing these differences can be leveraged for success. We focus on six main areas: age, disability, ethnicity/race, gender, religion or belief and sexual identity/orientation. 

Greater inclusion is an important diversity outcome.  We aim to create opportunities and reduce barriers for everyone, particularly under-represented groups, both in our workforce and activities. We have an organisational culture where people feel respected and comfortable being themselves, free from unjustified discrimination.   

We have developed a strategy to promote equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI), and we use a range of tools to monitor and evaluate our progress in mainstreaming these. 

See our EDI strategy and Equality policy for more details.