Equality refers to fairness, and in particular to employment), whereas diversity is about recognizing and embracing differences within an institution, workforce or society. One stressed the “same” and the other highlights the “differences” whereas inclusion is essentially the middle ground between equality and diversity, it’s all about 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 an individual’s experience within the workplace and the wider society to the extent to which they feel valued and included. 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.