All people professionals – and all employees and workers – need to understand equality, diversity and inclusion and the role they have to play, and you will see this throughout the Core knowledge areas and Core behaviours of the Profession Map. This area is for equality, diversity and inclusion specialists, who are focused on strategising, leading and delivering EDI work to create inclusive organisations.
Being an EDI specialist requires an understanding of the communities your organisation operates in: who they are, how to respond to changes in that community through people practices, and how to create sustainable change in the workforce so that it represents those communities demographically. It also requires a deep understanding of EDI issues in the organisation, gained by reviewing and identifying systemic bias and inequality, and using both data and qualitative information to create plans for actionable change.
Educating, supporting and building the capability of leaders and line managers is critical in ensuring EDI is part of the organisation’s way of working, and EDI specialists have an important role to play in enabling the business to build a culture of trust which enables people to speak up, feel safe, and advocate for others.
Knowing what reporting requirements are required by the organisation is also an important element of EDI, as is using that data to identify changes that will help to create more inclusive environments.
Equality, diversity and inclusion standards
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