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Mainstreaming Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

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We believe in mainstreaming equality, diversity and inclusion. That is building it diversity into all processes and functions, considering it as part of policy decisions and building it into the planning of programmes and projects. We have a variety of tools and processes that support us to do this.

Diversity assessment framework (DAF)

This is our overarching and innovative diversity measurement tool. It is used worldwide to assess the progress our business areas, country offices, and regional teams are making in mainstreaming diversity. 

The Diversity Assessment Framework contains a series of indicators that help measure performace across key areas. All British Council offices submit a biennial assessment of their work and progress. All parts of the organisation submit evidence of action taken against these indicators which is centrally reviewed and assessed and generates a score, plus a detailed feedback report. The report helps us measure our progress in equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) as an organisation.

You can read more about the principles that inform the Diversity Assessment Framework in our booklet available to download below.

Equality monitoring

Equality monitoring helps us build a detailed picture of who we work with and this helps us to assess the impact of our equality policy and diversity strategy.

We have been collecting data from our UK contracted staff since 2001, many of our overseas offices also collect data about their staff. The data we collect includes details of: age, disability, ethnicity/race, gender, religion/belief, sexual orientation and working pattern.

From the recommendations, we an examine our processes, identify trends and patterns, highlight progress and note where further action is needed to ensure that unjustified discrimination is eliminated and equality is promoted. 

In some parts of the organisation we monitor our customers which helps us see whether we are reaching all sections of society or if specific targeted action is needed to extend our reach.

Equality screening and impact assessment

This refers to a formal process where we review the likely impact of proposed new policies, practices, or programmes and the impact that they may have on different groups of people. We consider if there is any potential for unjustified discrimination that we could change, or any opportunity to promote equality that we could introduce. It helps us to take a proactive approach and to build diversity into our work from the start.


All British Council staff around the world undertake equality, diversity and inclusion training. This consists of e-learning courses, webinars, and face to face sessions. The training raises awareness and develops capability in the area of equality, diversity and inclusion.

We have also provided bespoke training in the private, public and third sectors. 


We have several internal and external networks and working groups to help us foster inclusion, engagement and dialogue in the area of equality, diversity and inclusion.


Equality, Diversity and Inclusion