Equality and diversity policy

The British Red Cross is committed to inclusion and diversity in everything we do.

At the British Red Cross, we take inclusion and diversity seriously. We know that getting this right is critical for us to live our organisation’s values: dynamic, courageous, compassionate and inclusive.

We are always trying to improve our way of working to be more inclusive and equal. Springing from our fundamental principles, this means that our organisation and the support we give to people in crisis should be impartial, neutral and universal.

We are an anti-racist organisationOur vision is for the British Red Cross to be a place where people of all ethnicities feel welcomed to work, volunteer or seek help.

Find out about our anti-racism programme

Our key equality and diversity policies

We are firmly committed to meeting all expectations under the 2010 UK Equality Act and other relevant legislation.

  • We commit to avoiding any unjustified discrimination on the grounds of age, gender reassignment, disability, ethnicity, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief, sex or gender, sexual orientation.
  • We aim to go beyond this and create an equitable environment for all our staff, volunteers and service users regardless of socioeconomic status, refugee status or any other characteristic.

Download our equality and diversity policy (PDF) 

Download our disability policy (PDF)

Find out about our family-friendly policies

Our networks put diversity into practice

At the British Red Cross, we respect different people’s lived experiences and the different points of view that arise from them. Our four diversity networks are involved in different parts of our work and add unique perspectives, joys and challenges to the organisation:

  • B.A.M.E. network (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic staff and volunteers)
  • Disability network (disabled staff and volunteers)
  • GEN network (Gender network for staff and volunteers)
  • LGBT+ network (lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender and staff and volunteers identifying with other sexualities).

We also have a diversity and inclusion steering group which includes representatives from our board, senior leadership team and our diversity advisory group. This group holds the organisation to account for a continuous action plan to drive improvement and continuously adapt.

Diversity data helps us keep improving

We know that to best support people in crisis, we need to reflect the communities we serve. Research into diversity and inclusion in the Red Cross supports this and we carry out regular research into equality and diversity issues within the Red Cross.

We will continue to share our diversity findings publicly, including our report on Recruiting, supporting and developing Black, Asian and minority ethnic (B.A.M.E.) staff (PDF).

We use this data to develop our understanding of where we need to improve our approaches to inclusion. To best support our people and service users, we also regularly review what diversity questions we ask. Going beyond these statistics, we look at where people fall within and between groups and make sure we meet their needs in the workplace. Any data we collect regarding diversity is managed in line with strict information governance guidelines.

Our equality impact assessment (PDF) tool helps us make sure that all important decisions take diversity into account.

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