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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.

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.

Want progress on diversity? Link it to pay

More big businesses are linking executive bonuses to improvements in racial and gender diversity. Will pay motivate leaders to make steps forward in workplace equality?

How to build a more diverse, inclusive accounting firm

Advice on improving diversity, equity and inclusion in an accounting firm, including running unconscious bias training and providing mentorship opportunities.

A profession reflecting life: Bringing diversity, equity and inclusion to the accounting world

Select findings from a recent joint research paper into diversifying US accounting talent are presented, including key diversity statistics for US accounting and finance professionals.

Closing the diversity gap

A comprehensive study finds that greater equity and inclusion are needed to close a diversity gap within the US accounting profession, particularly at leadership levels.

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.

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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

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

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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