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.

As a public body, we regularly publish information about what our equality objectives are and 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, 370KB, 2 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, 270KB, 2 pages) .

Equality objectives

The period for our previous equality objectives (2012 to 2016) has closed but we are still working hard at achieving these. We have published our new Environment Agency Public Sector Equality Duty Objectives Targets 2017 to 2020 (PDF, 429KB, 3 pages) . As a first step to developing our equality objectives we have worked with our Defra Group colleagues to create our new equality, diversity and inclusion strategy 2017 to 2020. The strategy has 4 themes of respect, include, support and engage. They cover a number of key 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.