Equality and diversity

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity in all we do, and to valuing the diversity of our workforce, customers and communities.

We publish our equality objectives regularly, and report on how we’re meeting them.

What we are doing

We are developing an organisation where all employees and customers feel included and are treated equally. Achieving this is part of our corporate action plan. We want all our employees to embrace difference and include everyone.

We are working with expert organisations and learning best practice by participating in benchmarking analysis. Find out more in Equality and diversity benchmarking at the Environment Agency (PDF, 388KB, 3 pages). We have been recognised with a gold award for our work on gender and race.

We have an increasing number of employee networks and forums that support our corporate equality, diversity and inclusion aspirations. Find out more in Environment Agency equality and diversity employee networks (PDF, 285KB, 2 pages).

Equality objectives

We have published our Environment Agency Public Sector Equality Duty Objectives Targets 2017 to 2020 (PDF, 429KB, 3 pages).

We have worked with our Defra group colleagues to create our new Defra group Equality, Diversity and inclusion strategy 2020 to 2024

The strategy focuses on delivering against 5 key objectives:

  • create more inclusive cultures
  • build and sustain a diverse workforce across the Environment Agency and Defra group
  • enhance making the UK a great place to live for all citizens
  • improve EDI capability and confidence
  • communicate, raise awareness and report progress

The strategy covers a number of important priorities such as:

  • improving declaration rates
  • tackling unconscious bias in recruitment and performance management
  • improving career support for high potential people from protected characteristics groups
  • promoting inclusive behaviours
  • tackling 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

Workforce diversity statistics

Latest equality information for the Environment Agency:

Please contact diversity@environment-agency.gov.uk if you would like to see our archived quarterly reports.

Any questions on equality and diversity

Please contact diversity@environment-agency.gov.uk if you have any questions about equality and diversity at the Environment Agency.