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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 who 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.


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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.

Pandemic hurt diversity efforts in tax and accounting

Ethnic minority and female accountants took on increased workloads at accounting firms during the Covid-19 pandemic, but didn't necessarily see their careers advance, according to a new US study, 'Pandemic Nation'.

The impact of mentoring: how to build on success

The authors take a look at how mentoring can benefit Black accounting professionals. They identify gaps in support for Black accountants in the US and provide three recommendations to help address the support gaps.

Diversity, equity and inclusion in the accounting profession: A few thoughts

Diversity, equity and inclusion concepts can translate to small public accounting firms and even solo practices, say the authors.

LGBTQIA employees leaving accounting profession

Nearly one in five accountants identifying as LGBTQIA left the profession because of a lack of diversity, equitable treatment or inclusion, according to a recent US study.

Meet the first Black CPA Ph.Ds

The stories of William Louis Campfield and Larzette Hale, who were among the first Black accountants to earn Ph.Ds in accounting in the US.

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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

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.

Equally 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


Global network and consultancy championing diversity and inclusion in business.

Articles and books in the Library collection

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

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