Resources & Guides

Starter Guide to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

3 minutes
3 minutes
EDI is a broad topic but understanding the terms used and what drives EDI in our society is a great start towards building your knowledge and confidence.


  • Some organisations use equality and others feel equity suits them better. Equality is the state of being equal in status, rights or opportunities. Whilst Equity is the quality of being fair and impartial.
  • Diversity simply means a variety and that means we are all diverse.  The way we respond to each other’s diversity varies from person to person.
  • Inclusion is the action of including or being included in a group or structure.

Bringing the terms to life

A new team member joins your organisation and they are very different to you.  You give them the same rights as others on your team and make sure their needs are met e.g. you make adjustments to accommodate their religious beliefs. You take time to listen to them and show them that you value their input. You encourage them to be inclusive to the rest of the team.

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What drives EDI in society?

As well as it being the right thing to do, EDI is also driven by business and law. Which is the most important for you?

Right Thing To Do

  • We’ve found this is the main driver for individuals in lots of organisations we work with for practicing good EDI.  These are people who truly understand that we all feel and work better when we accept and respect each other.

Equality Act 2010

  • Failure to comply with the Equality Act could result in a costly court case, a damaged organisation and individual distress. Business leaders, Board Members and HR professionals all keep a close eye on compliance with the law as it’s their job to manage potential areas of risk in an organisation.

Business Sense

  • Research confirms that inclusive organisations enjoy employee and customer loyalty, high satisfaction levels and improved reputations. It’s a positive picture all round with lower complaints, lower staff sickness and higher productivity.  All good news for your organisations’ financial strength and sustainability.

Finally: We offer several course options in this area available throughout the UK either as face to face courses or virtually. Contact us for details or book a call with us.

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