Our equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) vision, “Warwickshire County Council, a place where everyone feels valued, included, safe, supported and welcome”, places our approach to inclusivity at the heart of everything we do.
At Warwickshire County Council we benefit greatly from the different skills, talent, and attributes of our diverse range of people. We recognise that diversity and inclusion is essential to us being able to develop, adapt, innovate and progress, whilst helping us to better connect with and serve our local communities and striving to ensure that no one is treated inappropriately or disrespectfully. This is aligned with Our Behaviours, to build strong working relationships, do what we say, and be the best we can be for our people.
We want our Employees to feel:
Valued, included, safe, supported, welcome and that they can reach their potential no matter what their background.
We want our Communities to feel:
Safe, supported and that when they interact with Warwickshire County Council in whatever capacity, that they consistently receive a dedicated, inclusive and accessible service.
We want our Members to feel:
Included and supported by this action plan. Leveraging support from Members where possible will enhance our external reputation and internal profile.
Our 2020-2021 annual review (PDF, 6.3 MB) tells our story, celebrates our achievements and outlines our priorities and actions for the future.
EDI is central to our Council Plan, which sets out our core purpose for the future to make “Warwickshire the best it can be, sustainable now and for future generations”. We want Warwickshire to be a brilliant County in which to grow up, work and prosper and grow older. This is supported by our three strategic priorities: -
- A County with a thriving economy and places with the right jobs, skills, and infrastructure.
- A place where people can live their best lives; where communities and individuals are supported to live safely, healthily, happily and independently.
- A County with sustainable futures which means adapting to and mitigating climate change and meeting net zero commitments.
EDI also plays an essential role in delivering the following outcomes of Our People Strategy to make “Warwickshire County Council, a great place to work where diverse and talented people are enabled to be their best”:
- Our people are diverse, feel that they belong and can bring their whole self to work.
- We will listen, learn and act to create an inclusive organisation with a sustainable and resilient workforce.
- We will break down barriers to enable a collaborative, innovative and accountable environment.
- Our offer enables us to attract, retain, engage and motivate a diverse and talented workforce.
- Our people are celebrated for their diversity and bring the capabilities and behaviour to drive a high-performance culture.
Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy Statement ( PDF, 305 KB) outlines our commitment and how we will achieve this within our service provision, procurement and contracting, and at work.
The Council also invests in a Warwickshire Pan Equalities Service – contract currently held by EQuIP. The Service works towards the elimination of unlawful discrimination, to promote equality of opportunity and good relations between people of different groups under each of the protected characteristics as set out in the Equality Act 2010 within and across the Public and Third Sectors. Below are the current outcomes:
- Outcome 1: Improved community cohesion and equality within Warwickshire.
- Outcome 2: People living or working in Warwickshire feel that their voices are heard, and they have influence in local decision making.
- Outcome 3: People living or working in Warwickshire are safe and protected from harm and are able to remain independent for longer.
If you have any questions about EDI at WCC, please email email@example.com.