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In Equilibrium Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Resources

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Equal Employment Opportunity

Discussing Gender and International Cultural Relations
For the centenary of International Women’s Day in 2011, the British Council produced “A collection of interviews with women working in international cultural relations, exploring perceptions of gender and diversity.”


Diversity and Inclusion

Creating an Inclusion Breakthrough: The KJCG Methodology for Strategic Culture Change
An article that outlines why creating an inclusive organisation needs to be a strategic process and describes the path from Exclusive Club to Inclusive Organisation.

Deloitte Thought Leadership articles: Diversity + Inclusion = Improved business outcomes
This page links to several excellent articles which can be downloaded, including: “The six signature traits of inclusive leadership”, “Only skin deep? Re-examining the business case for diversity”, and “Fast Forward: Leading in a brave new world of diversity.”

Diversity in Diction: Equality in Action
A guide to the appropriate use of language.  This guide recognises that we may all use discriminatory, prejudicial or exclusive language on occasion. However, it offers an opportunity to re-examine our choice of words and be more sensitive to the potential offence caused to others through the words and phrases we use.  The document acknowledges that it is not seeking to achieve political correctness but rather best practice and professional appropriateness.  It also recognises that language is naturally dynamic and constantly evolving and changing.

Equality & Diversity – a glossary of terms
Our blog article explains the main terms and phrases referred to when you read about Equality and Diversity in the workplace.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Resources
The British Council’s resource page was created to support the understanding of international equality, diversity and inclusion.

The Google Guide to Unbiasing
In 2013, Google began an initiative to train all its employees on unconscious bias.  This link takes you to their ‘unbiasing’ guides.

The Ultimate Guide to Understanding Inclusion
One experienced teacher shares her philosophical beliefs and her approach to inclusion and building classroom and school communities.


The Equality Act

Equality Act 2010
From the Public and Commercial Services Union, a summary of what the Equality Act 2010 covers and explains the conduct prohibited under the Act.

The Business Case for Equality and Diversity: A survey of the academic literature
The Department for Business and Innovation and Skills have produced a report (2013) looking at the business case for equality and diversity in private sector organisations.  The aim is not to make the business case but to assess the evidence from academic journals and some key practitioner sources.

The Business Case for Diversity Management
This paper presents research commissioned by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) into the limitations of current diversity management and what could be done to help organisations benefit from greater diversity and inclusive cultures.  Incorporating case studies from 22 globally significant organisations, the report explains how to make a strong business case for diversity management.

What are the 9 Protected Characteristics
A short article from our blog looks at the importance of both managers & employees understanding the 9 protected characteristics and their role in ensuring Equality & Diversity.

The Business Case for Diversity
The Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (ENEI) set out their brief business case for diversity, equality and inclusion in the workplace.

Equality and Human Rights Commission – Lesson Plan Ideas
Besides general guidance on the Equality Act 2010, the Equality and Human Rights Commission website includes 12 lesson plan ideas, complete with teacher’s notes, on a range of relevant topics in their Secondary Education resources.

The Case for Equality and Diversity
This short chapter on the case for Equality and Diversity has been taken from the publication “A Guide to Equality and Diversity in the Third Sector” by Olmec.  It breaks the case for diversity down into three areas: moral, business and legal, providing a few of the many reasons to excel in equality practices.


Diversity in the Workplace

ACAS delivering equality and diversity
This page on the ACAS website offers advice on creating fairer workplaces, increases awareness of the protected characteristics and discusses the business case for encouraging equality and preventing discrimination.

Diversity in the Workplace: An overview from the CIPD
A factsheet produced by the CIPD covers many areas, including the business case, the CIPD viewpoint and managing diversity.  To view the whole factsheet, you will have to register for a free account.

Limitations of Diversity Training
The author acknowledges that substantial progress has been made with diversity and inclusion in the workplace in recent years.  However, in this article, he highlights a multi-tiered approach and explains the importance of including the elements discussed.

Diversity Tips
This article from the In Equilibrium blog offers advice about getting the diversity message across the workplace, including looking at inappropriate comments and having courageous conversations.

Equality and Discrimination: understand the basics
An ACAS guide on the Learn with Unite the Union’s website.  It summarises what employers, employees and their representatives must and should do to comply with equality legislation and make their workplaces a fair environment.

Hire Me My Way
The ‘Hire Me My Way’ campaign, run by Timewise jobs, aims to end the workplace exclusion that part-time and flexible workers experience.  “1,500,000 people in the UK are trapped below their skill level in low paid part-time or flexible jobs. Many others have abandoned work altogether. Why? Because new jobs are rarely advertised with part-time or flexible options.” Hire Me My Way is a voice for everyone who can’t work a traditional full-time job. They ask employers to listen to people’s needs and open up to flexibility – right from day one of a new hire.

Information on Diversity
A resource page on the CIPD website includes links to factsheets, podcasts, guides, reports, plus a diversity calendar that includes holy days, special events, festivals and bank holidays.
Please note you will need to have a CIPD log-in or provide a few details to register for free to access some of the resources.

Legal information on Equality and Diversity from the NUS
The National Union of Students’ (NUS) Connect website has many useful links to guidance papers/briefings on the implications of the Equality Act 2010 for students, higher educational institutions, student unions, employers, charities and voluntary organisations.

Equality and Diversity Issues – an example
This article shows that it is not good enough to have intentions about fairness and support. You also need to be aware of how your decisions and actions impact others.  It highlights how, contrary to your intention, your decisions and actions can have a discriminatory impact.

Equality Challenge Unit (ECU)
The ECU help universities and colleges build an inclusive culture that promotes equality and diversity for all students and staff in higher education.  Their website features guidance, resources and a blog together with details of their Equality Charters.

Equality and Diversity Training – Online or Face to Face?
It has been well documented that Equality and Diversity Training can challenge employee’s deeply held beliefs, and research has also shown that training in this area is most effective when it is based on real-life scenarios.  This article from our blog sets out the benefits we consider face to face training can offer over online courses.

You can also find some videos on our Equality and Diversity playlist on our YouTube channel here.

Overcoming Unconscious Bias

Are you biased? – I am
An entertaining 8-minute round-up by Kirsten Pressner, the Global Head of HR at a multinational firm. In her TEDx talk, she includes a little of the neuroscience behind unconscious bias as well as an interesting test, ‘flip it to test it’.

How stereotypes affect us and what we can do
In this 8-minute video social psychologist, Claude Steele describes the idea and effects of stereotype threat in our daily lives.

List of cognitive biases
A list of almost 200 known biases is sub-divided on this Wikipedia page into decision making, belief & behavioural bias; social bias; and memory bias.

Race in America: The Invisible Hand of the Implicit Mind
A conversation between a forensic psychologist, Jay Richards and Dr Anthony Greenwald, co-author of “Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People”.  They discuss Dr Greenwald’s 30 years of psychological research to understand our current racial gaps better.

Reviewing Applicants – Research on bias and assumptions
A booklet produced by the Women in Science and Engineering Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

The cognitive bias cheat sheet
A different approach to categorising the list of cognitive biases on Wikipedia by Buster Benson with a visual by John Manoogian III called the Cognitive Bias Codex 2016. Buster started with the Wikipedia list, removed duplicates and grouped similar or complementary biases. Those left were categorised by the problem they’re trying to solve, which he has defined as information overload, lack of meaning, the need to act fast and know what needs to be remembered for later.

Unconscious Bias in Higher Education
This review aims to help higher education institutions understand unconscious bias and discover how to reduce its impact.

Why men still get more promotions than women
An article from a 2010 issue of the Harvard Business Review outlines why this may be following an analysis of in-depth interviews carried out with 40 high-potential men and women whose large multi-national company had selected to participate in its high-level mentoring programme.



What Is a Microaggression? Everyday Insults With Harmful Effects
This article provides a useful summary of what microaggressions are; everyday actions and behaviours that have harmful effects on marginalised groups.  It introduces the idea that we may not be aware that we are inflicting microaggressions on others, not to mention the harmful effects of this behaviour.  It finishes with a section on the mental health effects of experiencing microaggressions along with links to further reading.

This comprehensive article on the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's website uses colourful graphics to succinctly demonstrate 'What does a microaggression look like?' and 'What not to say and why'.  There is a section on 'Challenging Microaggressions' which includes some excellent examples and finally, Everyday Micro-Affirmations are introduced, these are a positive strategy to prevent microaggressions.
Power, privilege, and everyday life.  This blog seeks to provide a visual representation of the every day of “microaggressions.” Each event, observation and experience posted is not necessarily particularly striking in and of itself. Often, they are never meant to hurt - acts done with little conscious awareness of their meanings and effects. Instead, their slow accumulation during a childhood and over a lifetime is in part what defines a marginalised experience, making explanation and communication with someone who does not share this identity particularly difficult.



Age UK
Age UK is the country’s largest charity dedicated to helping people make the most of later life.  They provide advice, enable independence and help to combat loneliness.

The Children’s Society
The Children’s Society helps children and young people when they are at their most vulnerable and campaign for changes to laws which affect children and young people.  They run a national network of projects, research and campaigning.



Mind provides help and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem.  They believe no one should face a mental health problem alone, and they aim to ensure that everyone experiencing a mental health problem receives both support and respect.  MIND campaign to improve services, challenge discrimination and promote inclusion in society.

Government Services and Information
The Disabled People page of the website provides an index with links to their other pages providing information and advice.

Headway aims to promote understanding of all aspects of brain injury.  They provide support, services and information to survivors, their families and carers.  They also campaign to reduce the incidence of brain injury.

PLUSS are a social enterprise that offers support and a range of services to help people with disabilities and other disadvantages find work and achieve a career. They also work with employers to help them become ‘Disability Confident’ employers and help provide potential employees.  Their enterprise operations create direct employment opportunities in a wide range of businesses and job roles.

A practical help page on the Royal National Institute of Blind People’s website provides resources, support and advice on employment, technology and many other topics to help with everyday tasks and retain independence.


Gender Identity

Supporting your LGBTQ+ Workforce from the NHS employers website
Access a suite of LGBTQ+ related resources and guidance which highlight some of the challenges facing LGBTQ+ staff in the NHS.

Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES)
GIRES are a UK charity that sponsors research and education on gender identity.  Their website has a resources page with sections on education, employment, health, law, research and support.

LGBTQI+ Inclusivity in Your Organisation
The charity Mental Health at Work have put together a collection of resources to be used and shared in organisations which are aimed at improving the culture around LGBTQI+ lives and making workplaces inclusive for all.

The Gender Trust
The Gender Trust offers advice, support and information to Trans People and all those affected by gender identity issues.

The Recruitment and Retention of Transgender Staff – guidance for employers
Produced by the Government Equalities Office, this guide aims to help employers recruit and retain transgender employees. It is also a useful guide for both managers of trans staff and trans staff themselves.

TransEDU – Organisations and Community
The website is a central resource for supporting trans applicants, students and staff in higher and further education.  This link provides a list of organisations that provide support and/or advocate for the rights of trans and non-binary people in the UK.


Institute of Race Relations (IRR)
The IRR is an educational charity and think-tank that provides research, analysis and exchange information about the struggle for racial justice in Britain, Europe and internationally.

NHS Mental Health and Race Equality
This page on NHS Health Scotland’s website provides resources about mental health and race equality.  In collaboration with external partners, they provide resources in challenging stigma, promoting recovery, and supporting practitioners and services.

Race in the Workplace: The McGregor-Smith Review
This independent review, published in 2017, includes a roadmap and recommendations for employers in both the public and private sectors to improve diversity within their organisations.

Racial Equality Foundation
The Race Equality Foundation have offices in London, Manchester and Leeds and work with a range of national and local partners to promote race equality across the United Kingdom.

Religion and Belief

The Inter-Faith Network
The Inter-Faith Network promotes understanding, cooperation and good relations between organisations and persons of different faiths in the UK.  It provides opportunities for sharing good practices and provides advice and information to help develop new inter-faith initiatives and strengthen those that already exist.



Fawcett Society
The Fawcett Society campaigns for gender equality and women’s rights. They aim for a society in which individuals can fulfil their potential regardless of their sex and believe that society will be stronger, happier and healthier when all people, women and men, enjoy full equality and respect.

Still just a bit of banter? Sexual harassment in the workplace in 2016
A report by the TUC carried out research based on polling and the experiences of trade union members in collaboration with the Everyday Sexism Project. The final section of the report includes clear recommendations for the government, employers and trade unions.
Your rights at work: protection from sexual harassment is a TUC guide that describes the offence, its impact and your rights to proceed with a complaint.

Think Business, Think Equality
Close The Gap has produced this online self-assessment tool for finding out how small and medium-sized businesses can benefit from improved gender diversity.


Sexual Orientation

Stonewall campaigns for legal and social equality for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans people throughout the United Kingdom. Stonewall’s website contains research, information and advice aimed at various stakeholders, including individuals, employers, the media and parliamentarians.

LGBT Foundation
The LGBT Foundation are a national charity that delivers a wide range of services to lesbian, gay and bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities.  They believe in a fair and equal society where all LGBT people can achieve their full potential.  Their website offers news, support, information and advice.

Health & Social Care & LGBT Communities
This 2019 report by the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee highlights the services and structures in health and social care which are not meeting the needs of LGBT people and makes recommendations to create LGBT-inclusive services.


All Equality Strands

Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Be FaIR Framework
The CITB helps employers realise the business benefits of fairness, inclusion and respect by offering training, support and resources.

Civil Legal Advice (CLA)
This page of the website explains how to get in touch with the CLA, who provide free and confidential advice on problems, including discrimination.

Equality and Human Rights Commission
The Equality and Human Rights Commission is Great Britain’s national equality body.  Their job is to safeguard and enforce the laws that protect people’s rights to fairness, dignity and respect.  They operate independently and use their powers to challenge discrimination, promote equality of opportunity and protect human rights.  Working with other organisations and individuals to achieve their aims, they take tough action against those who abuse the rights of others.

British Institute of Human Rights
The British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) is an independent charity that works to raise awareness of human rights in the UK.  Their website includes information, case studies and resources,  including an education zone for children and young people.

Liberty was founded in 1934 and was formerly known as the National Council for Civil Liberties.  They promote the values of individual human dignity, equal treatment and fairness as the foundations of a democratic society and campaign to protect basic rights and freedoms through the courts, in Parliament, and within the wider community.

Policy – Equality 
This page on the website provides links to case studies, guides, reports and articles which illustrate what the Government is doing about equality.

Disrespect Nobody
The ‘Disrespect Nobody’ campaign was introduced in March 2016 and is jointly funded by the Government Equalities Office and the Home Office.  Their website tries to help readers understand what is normal behaviour and what isn’t within relationships and is designed to increase awareness of types of abuse and organisations which can offer support.

Diverse Cymru
Diverse Cymru is a Welsh charity founded to help people in Wales face discrimination and inequality.  They deliver services, raise awareness, encourage engagement with decision-makers and motivate people to take action against inequality by providing advice, consultancy, training and working closely with others, including local councils and the Welsh Government.

One Scotland
One Scotland is a website produced by the Scottish Government, “Scotland believes in equality for all. One Scotland celebrates the progress we’ve already made on equality whilst recognising the work still to be done to achieve a truly inclusive society.”  The website has a resources section plus, amongst other areas, details of campaigns and milestones.

Note – we are aware that the previous two resources are predominantly aimed at those living in Wales or Scotland.  We have tried hard to find equivalent organisations in England and Northern Ireland, but if they exist, they have eluded us in our searches so far.  If any reader can help us address the balance, we would be very grateful if they could get in touch.



Case Studies

Diversity, Equal Opportunities and Human Rights Case Studies
This page presents relevant good practice case studies that showcase how business have addressed the non-discrimination and minorities dilemma.  The case studies explore the specific dilemmas and challenges faced by each organisation, good practice actions they have taken to resolve them and the results of such action.

Gender Equality in the Workplace: Case Studies
Think, Act, Report is a voluntary initiative to help improve gender equality in the workforce.  These case studies explain how companies who signed up to the Think, Act, and Report campaign improve gender equality in the workplace. They show how companies use a step-by-step framework to think about recruitment, retention, promotion and pay.


Please Note: The information in this website is for general guidance  and is not legal advice. Please be aware that some of the articles mentioned on the resources pages originate from countries with different legal requirements from those in the UK.

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