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Diversity and inclusion

On this page you find articles, books and online resources providing background information and guidance on making a workplace more diverse and inclusive to the people work work in it. This goes beyond merely complying with equality legislation.

Legal Alert

Legal Alert is a monthly checklist from Atom Content Marketing highlighting new and pending laws, regulations, codes of practice and rulings that could have an impact on your business.

Equality law and human rights

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published free guidance on equality and discrimination law, and on human rights, for businesses employing twenty or fewer people. Legal Alert, July 2013.

Discrimination and harassment

The Government is consulting on whether to abolish ’unworkable’ rules under the Equality Act relating to harassment of employees by third parties. Under the rules, employers are liable to their staff for third party harassment where they failed to take reasonable steps to prevent it. Legal Alert, July 2012.

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These ten sections of the chapter on employment cover discrimination - the Equality Act 2010 replaced all previous discrimination legislation. Discrimination on the basis of: age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion and belief; sex; and sexual orientation is outlawed. In addition discrimination against people with criminal records, part-time workers, fixed-term workers and agency workers is also covered.

Developing executive talent: best practices from global leaders

A book for human resources managers and senior executives with responsibility for employee management.

Job evaluation: a guide to achieving equal pay

A good practice guide to job evaluation.

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Acas guidance

Advice, guidance and practical resources on a wide variety of recruitment topics for both employers and employees, produced by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, Acas. Acas is the employment relations service for England, Scotland and Wales offering practical, independent and impartial advice to employers, employees and their representatives.


Supporting trans employees in the workplace

August 2017

Research paper prepared for Acas by The Institute for Employment Studies explores how gender identity is managed in UK workplaces and how it could be improved.

Online articles

The Library provides access to leading business, finance and management journals. These journals are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

Class, the forgotten element of diversity

Article discusses social class disadvantage and how it should be treated as important as gender or race. It is also reported that GDP is higher per capita in countries where more managers come from lower social-class origins.

Data bias and diversity and inclusion

The article examines the possible effects of data bias in analytical models on the implementation by organizations and businesses of their diversity and inclusion programs. Also cited are the key role played by finance, accounting and corporate professionals in preventing the use of data bias in decision making, the data life cycle process, and ways to minimize data error or bias.

Workplace diversity and inclusion adapts in a time of protests

Finance professionals can boost diversity and inclusion and reduce bias by advocating for change within their organisations.

Remote work options can boost gender diversity

Article reports on The American Institute of CPAs' biennial CPA Firm Gender Survey that found that flexible work schedules and telecommuting options can help attract and retain more female professionals.

The power of knowing

Rebecca Pitman explains the importance of understanding unconscious bias and becoming aware of its sources.

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Diversity and inclusion

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Guidance, reports and podcasts from the CIPD on how to promote equal opportunities and manage diversity and inclusion in the workplace

Diversity and inclusion guide

The Professional and Business Services Council October 2015

Guide produced by the Professional and Business Services Council (PBSC). It highlights key areas of focus for implementing, managing and monitoring diversity initiatives, with best practice advice and a handy checklist

Financial services inquiry

Equality and Human Rights Commission September 2009

Research report from the EHRC. The study looks at sex discrimination and the gender pay gap within the financial services sector.

Gender salary reporting

Chartered Management Institute April 2017

Brief guide from the CMI to new legislation which requires large employers to measure and report on how they pay men and women from April 2017.

Increasing gender diversity to boost productivity

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants March 2015

An ACCA briefing for finance and HR leaders to help understanding of the value of gender diversity and the making of a business case for diversity to their peers

Race at Work Charter 2020 Survey report

Business in the Community October 2020

Representing the key findings of 2020 Race at Work Charter Survey, this report records the actions undertaken by the 114 employer participants.

Recruitment and disabled people

HM Government

Government guidance on employers' responsibility to not exclude disabled people from applying for a job and reasonable adjustments they must make in the workplace.



Organisation working globally to expand opportunities for women and business. The website provides access to research reports on a range of gender and diversity issues.

Equally yours

Equality Yours

A network of national organisations committed to promoting equality and the elimination of any form of discrimination. The website offers a range of resources for guidance and campaigning. Formerly the Equality and diversity forum


National Black Women’s Network

The National Black Women’s Network champions the advancement of women across all professional disciplines.


Stonewall Equality

Founded in 1989, Stonewall aims to let all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, here and abroad, know they're not alone. The organisation works to support individuals in making a difference for LGBT people at work, home and in their communities.

Articles and books in the Library collection

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Related topics

We also maintain separate web pages on discrimination, board diversity, women in business and employment tribunals.

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