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1.1 Explain the difference between equality, diversity and inclusion

Unit 6: Promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Unit reference number: T/506/1820 QCF level: 3

Credit value: 3

Guided learning hours: 15

Unit type: Competence

As the working population of the UK changes, it becomes more important that businesses promote equality, diversity and inclusion in their workplaces.

Unit summary

The first Learning Outcome must be answered is 1.1 Explain the difference between equality, diversity and inclusion. In this unit you will look at the differing aspects of equality, diversity and inclusion, the law that protects employees from discrimination and harassment and the effects of this legislation on the organisational policies and practices. You will gain an understanding not only of the differences between equality, diversity and inclusion but also how they impact on the organisation as a whole, and, as the workforce diversifies to include older workers and an increasing number of people from differing cultures, backgrounds and ethnic minorities how everyone in the workplace must contribute to its promotion. You will understand the importance in today’s workplace of being an employee that behaves in a way that supports inclusion, and will be able to support equality, diversion and inclusion in the business, ensuring both legal and moral duties are covered.

Learning outcomes and assessment criteria

Unit 6: Promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

To pass this unit, the learner needs to demonstrate that they can meet all the learning outcomes for the unit. The assessment criteria outline the requirements the learner is expected to meet to achieve the unit.

Learning outcomes

Assessment criteria

1

Understand the organisational aspects of equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace

1.1 Explain the difference between equality, diversity and inclusion

1.2 Explain the impact of equality, diversity and inclusion across aspects of organisational policy

1.3 Explain the potential consequences of breaches of equality legislation

1.4 Describe nominated responsibilities within an organisation for equality, diversity and inclusion

2

Understand the personal aspects of equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace

2.1     Explain the different forms of discrimination and harassment

2.2     Describe the characteristics of behaviour that supports equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace

2.3     Explain the importance of displaying behaviour that supports equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace

3

Be able to support equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace

3.1     Ensure colleagues are aware of their responsibilities for equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace

3.2     Identify potential issues relating to equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace

3.3     Adhere to organisational policies and procedures, and legal and ethical requirements when supporting equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace

 

Unit amplification

AC1.1:     Explain the difference between equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Equality: definition (equality of opportunity in employment, pay, promotion)
  • Diversity: definition (valuing individual differences, including: life styles, cultures, ethnicity, religion, gender)
    • Inclusion: definition (taking actions; creating environments of respect and acceptance)
    • Impact: Human Resources policies, e.g. recruitment and promotion, working practices (flexible working), disciplinary and grievance, discrimination and harassment, pay and reward; service provision and customer service policies; procurement and sales policies
    • Legislation: the Equality Act 2010 (9 protected characteristics); discrimination
    • Consequences: e.g. disputes, involvement of trade unions, involvement of ACAS (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service), employment tribunals, legal action, financial penalties, damage to reputation of organisation
    • Nominated responsibilities: specific person dependant on organisational structure; responsibilities, e.g. formulating, monitoring, evaluating and reviewing policies, creating a culture that supports equality and diversity, implementing Codes of Practice
    • Discrimination: definition; forms of discrimination including direct, indirect, harassment, victimisation, associative, perceptive; Equality Act 2010 (9 protected characteristics)
      • Characteristics of personal behaviour: appropriate communications,
AC1.2:     Explain the impact of equality, diversity and inclusion across aspects of organisational policy
AC1.3:     Explain the potential consequences of breaches of equality legislation
AC1.4:     Describe nominated responsibilities within an organisation for equality, diversity and inclusion
AC2.1:     Explain the different forms of discrimination and harassment
AC2.2:     Describe the characteristics of behaviour that supports equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace

e.g. using styles appropriate to different people and situations, non- discriminatory language; allowing others to express their views; being tolerant and open-minded; showing respect for the background, values, beliefs and custom of colleagues; integrity, fairness and consistency in decision-making

AC2.3:     Explain the importance of displaying behaviour that supports equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace

Importance: e.g. promotes a culture of inclusion and respect, improves team working, increases productivity, removes barriers to recruitment and progression, attracts and retains staff with different talents and competencies

Unit 6: Promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace


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