Over the last number of months we have been learning more about EDI and how we can improve as an organisation. We have developed an EDI Strategy, engaged in training and have set up an internal working group. We are planning to review our policies, continue to raise awareness of staff, review our board membership, continue to feature our diverse range of member organisations and promote EDI culture.
This resource links to some useful information and training we have come across and NICVA members that we have engaged with.
If you have suggestions for resources, training or would like to share your EDI journey as an organisation we would love to hear from you.
What is EDI in the workplace?
“Equality in the workplace means equal job opportunities and fairness for employees and job applicants. You must not treat people unfairly because of reasons protected by discrimination law ('protected characteristics'). For example, because of sex, age or race.” (ACAS)
“Diversity is the range of people in your workforce. For example, this might mean people with different ages, religions, ethnicities, people with disabilities, and both men and women. It also means valuing those differences.” (ACAS)
An inclusive workplace means everyone feels valued at work. It lets all employees feel safe to come up with different ideas; raise issues and suggestions to managers, knowing this is encouraged; try doing things differently to how they have been done before, with management approval. An inclusive workplace can help lower the risk of bullying, harassment and discrimination.” (ACAS)
Labour Relations Agency
Getting on Board
Employers for Disability
The Now Group - Jam Card
Equality Commission for NI
NICVA members that we have connected with on our EDI journey
We would love to hear from any of our members that are engaged in promoting EDI and can help other organisations on their journey to increased understanding and improved practice. Please contact Sandra Bailie and you can be added to the list below.
Examples from our other organisations
We would love to share stories of your EDI journey with others in our sector - please contact Sandra Bailie if you would be willing to be featured.