Equality refers to fairness, whereas diversity is about recognizing and embracing differences within an workforce or society. One stresses the “same” and the other highlights the “differences” Inclusion is essentially the middle ground between equality and diversity, Equality allows us to create a fair work place and society. Equality and Diversity are backed by the Equality Act 2010. There are nine main protected characteristics and they are:
• Marriage and civil partnership
• Pregnancy and maternity
• Sexual Orientation.
Diversity often focuses on the differences of people within the workplace and society.
Inclusion refers to a person’s experience within the workplace. Inclusion is the act of welcoming diversity and creating an environment where all different kinds of people can do well and succeed.
Diversity is what you have and inclusion is what you do. For an example, Having a diverse group is now not enough. Everyone has to feel safe and be encouraged to participate and share. People shouldn’t feel as if they can’t speak out or patriciate purely because they are scared or worried they do not fit in. It is imperative that everyone is on equal footing.