Equality and diversity is important to us because it means trying our best to treat people fairly and with dignity. It also means making sure that we remove barriers to equality for our employees, job applicants and for people using our services.
We also value the cultural diversity of all Derby people and the richness that this gives our city.
Our Equality, Dignity and Respect policy - 2017 (and Equality, Dignity and Respect policy - 2017 - easy read) sets out our guiding principles on equality and diversity, which all our employees have to work to.
The policy also contains our Statutory Equality Objectives for 2017/2020:
The equality objectives have been developed with our Equality Hubs and Forums and employee networks and have been signed off by our Chief Officer Group and Personnel Committee. Here is our Delivery Plan.
We know we need to make reasonable adjustments in communication for some of our disabled employees and customers. We also need to make sure that our customers can understand important information about our services.
We have a contract with an agency to make sure we can make our information accessible. As a result, we have produced the Accessible Communication Protocol.
We have produced a Tackling Hate Crime Together Protocol to demonstrate our commitment to tackling hate crime in Derby and making sure support is available for victims.
We have achieved the 'excellent' level in equality after three days of testing from five assessors.
This is the highest level of the Equality Framework for Local Government.
The testing involved interviews with:
At the time of the award, we were only the sixth council in the country to achieve this level for equality.
Read our Equality Framework Journey to Excellence - March 2011 and the detailed report, 'Equality Framework for Local Government - Excellent', which the assessors produced for us.
We were one of the first employers in Derbyshire to win the original Fit for Work award, and then used its replacement, ‘Positive about Disabled People’.
We are now proud to be a Disability Confident Leader for all our work and commitment around recruiting and retaining disabled people.
We belonged to the Stonewall Diversity Champions between 2010 and 2014 and during this time we achieved a top 45 ranking in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index - Top 100 Employers.
We still work to the principles of the Stonewall Equality Index, despite no longer being members.