Equity, diversity and inclusion at the British Red Cross
At the British Red Cross, equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) are fundamental. We know that getting this right is critical for us to live our values - dynamic, courageous, compassionate and inclusive.
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We aim to be more inclusive, diverse and equitable. This allows us to follow our fundamental principles, whereby the support we provide is impartial, neutral and universal.
We aim to become an anti-racist organisation. We want the British Red Cross to be a place where people of all ethnicities feel welcomed to work, volunteer or seek help.
Our vision for equity, diversity and inclusion at the British Red Cross
We want to be a safe and inclusive organisation that learns and grows to proactively dismantle barriers, eliminate discrimination and create equity.
We want to be an organisation where:
- our people learn, understand and take action to dismantle discrimination and create a safe and inclusive environment
- our workforce is built on diverse skills, experiences and capabilities at all levels
- we embed equity and remove barriers to participation across everything we do.
Our equity, diversity and inclusion strategy sets out how we will achieve this. It gives direction for the improvements we want to see. It is guided by the principles of co-production, lived experience, power sharing and our British Red Cross values.
Download an overview of our strategy (PDF)
What do we mean by equity, diversity and inclusion?
Whilst equality means treating everyone the same regardless of their experiences, background or identity, equity recognises that people may have different advantages and barriers in society, and that we don't all have the same starting point. It is the ongoing process of acknowledging that inequality and taking steps to correct that imbalance.
Diversity is anything that makes us different to each other.
Inclusion is actively embracing people with diverse perspectives, backgrounds and experiences. Inclusion can be felt, but can also be seen through systems, processes, policies, and behaviours.
Our equity, diversity and inclusion policy
The purpose of this policy is to set out our commitment to creating an organisation where people of all identities and backgrounds can thrive. It was created to ensure that people are aware of their responsibilities and know how and where to seek support.
Download our equity, diversity and inclusion policy (PDF)
Diversity networks at the British Red Cross
Our diversity networks are voluntary people-led groups. They come together based on shared characteristics and identities.
They aim to:
- promote EDI across the organisation;
- create safe spaces for people to create communities;
- help hold the organisation to account to deliver on our equity, diversity and inclusion goals.
We currently have six networks at the British Red Cross:
- Carers network
- Disability and wellness network (DAWN)
- Gender equality network (GEN)
- LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer and other sexual orientation & gender minorities) network
- Race & ethnicity equality network (REEN)
- Young staff network.
Our inclusion and diversity steering group
Our inclusion and diversity steering group meets once a month. It includes members of our board, senior leadership, and our diversity networks.
The aims of the group are to:
- provide direction on EDI within British Red Cross;
- make key decisions related to EDI;
- report progress and challenges to executive leaders and the board of trustees;
- hold the organisation to account to drive improvement.
If you would like to speak to someone about anything related to equity, diversity and inclusion at the British Red Cross please get in touch on email@example.com