Equality and diversity

As a public body, we publish regular information about what our equality objectives are and how we're meeting them.

Our duties under the Equality Act 2010

Under the Equality Act 2010, Defra, has a duty to:

  • eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • advance equality of opportunity
  • foster good relations between groups of people regardless of their age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, ethnicity, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation or marriage and civil partnership status

Defra’s strategic priorities focus on the following seven areas:

  • improving declaration rates and diversity data
  • removing unconscious bias in recruitment and performance management
  • improving career support for underrepresented groups
  • promoting inclusive behaviours
  • removing discrimination, bullying and harassment
  • improving the process and delivery of workplace adjustments
  • ensuring our policies and programmes show due regard for equality, diversity and inclusion
  • ensuring our recruitment methods are effective in recruiting a diverse workforce

Defra equality publications

We have published our equality objectives for 2012 to 2016. We will shortly update these to cover the period up to 2020. We review them regularly to make sure they are relevant and meet changing business and customer needs. We have also published our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2017 to 2020.

The annual workforce monitoring report for 2016 (PDF, 293KB, 10 pages) (PDF, 835KB, 25 pages) examines the diversity of our workforce and shows how we’re meeting our equality responsibilities. The data from this report is available on data.gov.uk. The report is published once a year.

Organisations we work with

Defra works with the following diversity organisations:

  • Stonewall
  • Business Disability Forum (BDF)
  • Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (Enei)

Defra staff networks

The following Defra staff networks contribute towards our diversity goals:

  • lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB&T)
  • disability (DISNET)
  • black and ethnic minority (EMN)
  • work-life balance
  • break the stigma (mental health)
  • women’s
  • parental leave buddy
  • job share
  • age (DEAN)
  • bullying, harrassment and discrimination support
  • EU Nationals

Equality contact

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team
Nobel House
17 Smith Square

Email: diversity.team@defra.gsi.gov.uk