Equality and diversity

The policies and objectives UK Export Finance has in place to meet its equality and diversity duties.

Equality Act 2010

Under the Equality Act 2010, public sector organisations are required to demonstrate that they are mindful of the 3 main aims of the Equality Act. These are:

  • eliminating unlawful discrimination
  • advance equality of opportunity
  • foster good relations

The 2 specific public sector duties are to:

  • publish equality and diversity information to show compliance with the Act by 31 January 2012, and at least annually from then on
  • set and publish one or more specific and measureable equality objectives by 6 April 2012, and at least every 4 years

Equality objectives

Our equality objectives are articulated in the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Strategy & Plan, and they set out how we intend to comply with the aims of the public sector equality duty between 2016 and 2020. The objectives focus on the areas which the department has chosen to target over the period. They do not seek to cover every area of the business or to represent all of the department’s equality-related activity.

We have also published our latest diversity data as at 31st March 2017, making comparisons where possible against data available for the wider civil service.

Women in Finance Charter

In 2017 UKEF became a signatory to the Women in Finance Charter. By becoming a signatory we are publicly affirming our commitment to improving gender diversity in the Department. We have set ourselves an ambitious primary target of increasing female representation at Senior Civil Service (SCS) grades in the Department to 30% by 2020. We also aspire to improving overall female representation in our workforce to 40% over the same time period.

As at 31 March 2020 28.6% of UKEF SCS staff were female, an increase from 8% in 2017.Overall female representation in the department stands at 36.8%.