Tuesday 19 January 2016

British Council creates friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and the wider world. Working effectively with diversity is an essential part of this.

We demonstrate our commitment to diversity through our Equality Policy which ensures that there is no unjustified discrimination in the recruitment, retention, training and development of staff on the basis of age, disability, gender including transgender, HIV/AIDS status, marital status including civil partnerships, pregnancy and maternity, political opinion, race/ethnicity, religion and belief, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, spent convictions, trade union activity or membership, work pattern, on the basis of having or not having dependants, or on any other grounds which are irrelevant to decision-making 

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

Over TEN (10) organisations already confirmed to attend an Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Seminar being hosted by the British Council on January 25, 2016, at the Terra Nova Hotel. The workshop will be featuring presentations from the global head of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion for the British Council, Fiona Bartells-Ellis. Bartells-Ellis sets and drives the strategic direction of diversity across the organisation’s offices in 110 countries and territories based on an applied tools informed by international experience.  This is achieved by utilising tools to mainstream equality, diversity, and inclusion. This includes assessment frameworks, monitoring, training, and networking with internal and external networks and working groups to help foster inclusion, engagement and dialogue in the area of equality, diversity and inclusion. 

This and the UK’s approach are frequently shared with a wide range of external international contacts and stakeholders including government ministries, NGOs and the private sector. 

The Seminar will focus on, among other aspects: 

  1. A better idea of what is Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)
  2. Mainstream EDI  into Programme Work– learning and sharing experiences 
  3. Developing resources  to continue EDI integration  

The aim is to bring various groups together who work within this field; to increase and improve the awareness and collaboration between the different entities and further the mainstreaming of EDI within the country.