Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy
An Equality and Inclusion policy demonstrates your organisation's commitment to equal opportunities, abide by equality legislation and promote equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service provides a template equality and diversity policy which can be adapted to your organisation's requirements. Organisations are required to upload a copy of their equality policy as part of the Good Employer Croydon accreditation application form and you are welcome to download and adapt ACAS' template and upload this as part of your application. Download the template equality policy here.
Business in the Community provides guidance on how to conduct diverse recruitment and the Government provides guidance on providing reasonable adjustments for disabled candidates. Below are also some suggestions for how you can incorporate equality and diversity best practice in your recruitment process:
The United Kingdom Investor in Equality and Diversity Charter Mark
The UK IED Charter Market is the leading fully integrated equality, diversity and safeguarding national organisation charter mark designed to meet the needs of all organisations from SMEs to large multinational companies, large public sector organisations, charities and third sector organisations. For more information about the UK IED Charter Mark, please visit the UK IED website.
RICS Inclusive Employer Quality Mark
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Inclusive Employer Quality Mark is a scheme designed to help firms gain a competitive advantage and a diverse workforce. Employers pledge their commitment to adopting and continually improving against six principles. For more information about the RICS Inclusive Employer Quality Mark, please visit the RICS website.
Investors in People
Investors in People is an internationally recognized accreditation standard that defines what it takes to lead, support and manage people well for sustainable results. Successful accreditation against the Investors in People standard is the sign of a great employer, an outperforming place to work and a clear commitment to sustainability. For more information about Investors to People, please visit the Investors for People website.
Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion
The ENEI is the leading employer network promoting equality and inclusion in the workplace. For more information about ENEI, please visit the ENEI website.
Disability Confident is a central government accreditation scheme run by the Department for Work and Pensions which aims to help employers make the most of the opportunities provided by employing people with disabilities. There are 3 accreditation levels: Disability Confident Committed, Disability Confident Employer and Disability Confident Leader. More information about the Disability Confident scheme can be found here.
Disability Confident Action Group
Croydon council also facilitates the Disability Confident Action Group (DCAG) which is a forum for local groups and national organisations based in Croydon that helps support people with disabilities and those with long-term health conditions to fulfil their potential and realise their employment aspirations. The DCAG meets bi-monthly and has a membership of 20+ Croydon-based organisations including Croydon People First, Ingeus, Shaw Trust, Status Employment, Mind in Croydon, Jobcentre Plus (Department for Work and Pensions), StartUp Croydon and the London Economic Development Company. Aligned to the National Disability Confidant Campaign, the DCAG aims to increase the awareness and confidence of employers in the borough to employ people with disabilities, challenge attitudes towards disability, and increase the understanding of disability. It meets to discuss legislation, current issues around disabilities, co-ordination of activities and the sharing of information. There are regular contributions from other bodies on work taking place to champion people with disabilities. For more information about the DCAG, please contact Emma Shepherd.
Stonewall is the leading charity working for LGBT+ rights in the UK which provides guidance for employers on LGBT+ inclusion in the workplace. Stonewall offers organisations to join their Diversity Champions programme which allows employers to visibly show their commitment to LGBT+ equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Stonewall also has a Workplace Equality Index which is an annual ranking of the most LGBT+ inclusive organisations in the UK. For more information on LGBT+ inclusion in the workplace, please visit the Stonewall website.
A number of Pride events are held across the country, including Pride in London and Croydon Pride locally, which normally take place in the summer. Businesses and organisations are often invited to support or take part in Pride parades. Explore whether your organisation could support or participate in a local Pride event.
White Ribbon Campaign
The White Ribbon Campaign is the largest effort in the world of men working to end men's violence against women. White Ribbon UK is an educational organisation that encourages reflection and discussion that leads to personal and collective action among men. Throughout the year, White Ribbon UK encourages men to do educational work in schools, workplaces and communities, support local women's groups and raise money for the international education efforts of the White Ribbon campaign. For more information or to pledge to and/or join the White Ribbon campaign, please visit the White Ribbon UK website.
Gender Pay Gap
The gender pay gap shows the difference between the average earnings of men and women. It became a statutory requirement in April 2017 for organisations with 250 or more employees to annually report their gender pay gap. Whilst it is not a statutory requirement for SMEs to publish their gender pay gap reports, serious consideration should be given to the business benefits of doing so. For more information and guidance about the gender pay gap and its reporting, visit the ACAS website.
Don't Mess with Croydon Campaign
The Don't Mess with Croydon campaign seeks to crack down on fly-tipping and other environmental crimes in the borough. It sends a firm message to anyone who blights Croydon with litter which has a negative effect on people's quality of life. It is everyone's duty to look after the environment and dispose of waste responsible and there are a range of services available to help keep communities clean and tidy. For more information about the Don't Mess with Croydon campaign, please visit the Croydon Council website.
One Planet Living
One Planet Living is an initiative developed by Bioregional comprising 10 principles for operating in a more sustainable way. Bioregional works with businesses in different ways to help them make their operations, products, services and supply chains more sustainable. For more information about One Planet Living, please visit the Bioregional website.
Thames Water Smarter Business Visit
Thames Water offers a free visit to help businesses save water, energy and money on bills. Receive a visit from a water expert who will review your business bathroom and kitchen facilities and recommend the best solutions suitable for your premises. Visits and devices installed are free. For more information download the Smarter Business Visit guide in the Downloadable files section or to book an appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02036384321.
Utilise Plus Programme
Utilise Plus helps small and medium sized businesses to save energy and reduce costs and greenhouse gas emissions. The programme offers grant funding and energy audits as well as a variety of events and workshops. For more information, please visit the Sustainable Business website.
Many people - parents, carers, those managing long term health conditions, those approaching retirement, etc. - benefit from the opportunity to work flexibly and that offering it leads to higher productivity and engagement. Flexible working options include part time, job share, occasional homeworking, remote working and flexible start/finish times. Organisations are encouraged to consider how many flexible working options they can offer and to let candidates know that you are happy to consider flexible working requests, if they would work in the role, during the recruitment process. This will broaden the range of people who can apply for your roles, giving you access to new talent pools. For more information about how flexible working can benefit your business, please visit the Cross River Partnership website.
Timewise is an accreditation scheme driven by the social vision that people should be able to progress their careers whilst finding the flexibility they need to meet other commitments. Whilst most employers in the UK have a flexible working policy, the reality is that 14 million UK workers do not have the flexibility they need, especially when looking to progress in their careers or return from a career break. Consequently, employers are missing out on the full benefits of flexibility to drive business performance, build inclusive workplaces and access the best possible talent. Timewise offers consultancy and training for businesses to explore the impact flexible working could have on your business. For more information about flexible working, please visit the Timewise website.
London Healthy Workplace Charter
The London Healthy Workplace Charter is a joint accreditation scheme by Public Health England and the Greater London Authority for employers who are committed to making their workplaces healthier and happier. The charter covers a range of topics including corporate support for wellbeing, attendance management, healthy and safety, mental health and wellbeing, healthy eating, physical activity, smoking and alcohol and substance misuse. For more information or to accredit to the London Healthy Workplace Charter, please visit the Greater London Authority website.
The Workplace Wellbeing Charter
The Workplace Wellbeing Charter is an opportunity for employers to demonstrate their commitment to the health and wellbeing of their workforce. The Charter provides employers with an easy and clear guide on how to make workplaces a supportive and productive environment in which employees can flourish. For more information about the Workplace Wellbeing Charter, please visit the Workplace Wellbeing Charter website.
SUGAR SMART Croydon
SUGAR SMART Croydon is a campaign that aims to raise awareness of levels of sugar in the diet and its health implications and to reduce sugar consumption across all age groups and communities across the borough. A key objective of the campaign is to improve the food environment of the borough, making it easier for people living and working in Croydon to make healthy food choices. In order to achieve this, SUGAR SMART encourages organisations, including businesses and workplaces, to sign up to the campaign and make simple, feasible pledges to reduce the amount of sugar in the food or drinks they offer and promote to their clients and workforce. For more information, please visit the Croydon Council website.
JustBe Croydon is a holistic behavior change and integrated lifestyle programme which aims to make it easier for residents to look after both their physical and mental wellbeing. This service aims to support people to make healthy behavior changes, such as quitting smoking, losing weight, being more physically active and promoting positive mental health. The service is integral to the support Croydon Council and its partners provide to enable people to lead healthy and happy lives and advocate a healthy culture across the borough. Organisations are encouraged to promote JustBe and the free online health MOT across their workforce and the communities they work with. For more information about JustBe Croydon, please visit the JustBe Croydon website.
Eat Well Croydon
Eat Well Croydon is a free award run by Croydon Council which aims to support local food businesses to make it easier for their customers to make healthy choices when eating out. The scheme benefits both caterers by promoting their businesses and consumers by helping them to make healthier choices. For more information, download the Eat Well Corydon Award Practical Guide for Food Businesses or visit the Croydon Council website.
Women should not need to stop breastfeeding because they are returning to work and employers have certain obligations towards breastfeeding women to support their return to work. Although the law does not provide a specific right to breastfeed on return to work but the law does require employers to protect the health and safety of mothers who have given birth in the last six months and mothers who are breastfeeding (regardless of how long they wish to breastfeed). For more information about breastfeeding in the workplace, please visit the ACAS website.
Making Every Contact Count
Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is an approach to behavior change promoting the opportunistic delivery of consistent and concise healthy lifestyle information and enables individuals to engage in conversations about their health and support them in making positive changes to their physical and mental health and wellbeing. The fundamental idea underpinning the MECC approach is simple: it recognizes that staff across health, local authority, business and voluntary sectors have thousands of contacts every day with individuals and are ideally placed to promote health and healthy lifestyles. Staff across a variety of organisations can make a different to the health and wellbeing of the Croydon population to change behaviours that may be having a negative impact on their lifestyle through brief healthy conversations. Organisations are encouraged to adopt a MECC approach by embedding a free brief e-learning training into their learning systems and incorporating it into wider service plans. For more information about MECC, please visit the e-Learning for Healthcare website.
Triple C Partnership
Formed to promote the mantra 'Safeguarding is Everybody's Responsibility', the Triple C Partnership combines the skills and training resources of Croydon Council and its Safeguarding Boards with the business links and networking opportunities of Crystal Palace Football Club to encourage everyone in the borough to consider safeguarding as an important tool to combat child abuse and promote the best opportunities for all children. For information on opportunities to get involved and how staff can take up free training opportunities, please the Croydon Safeguarding Children Board website.
The Alzheimer's Society provides a wealth of information and resources on how businesses can make their organisations more dementia-friendly by making people with dementia feel understood, valued and able to contribute to their community. To access these resources or find out more about dementia, please visit the Alzheimer's Society website.
Mental Health First Aid
MHFA England works with employers to deliver mental health training to help organisations manage wellbeing proactively and minimize the impact of mental ill health on work and life. MHFA training courses teach people to spot the symptoms of mental health issues, offer initial help and guide a person towards support. For more information about Mental Health First Aid training courses, please visit the MHFA website.