From climate change to countering terrorism, the UK’s national security and prosperity depends on how we work with people from other nations and cultures. This requires a modern and effective Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) that can seek and understand different perspectives in the way it formulates policy, delivers services and employs its 16,000 staff in 145 countries.
The current economic climate and the associated pressure on departmental resources, means the need to make the most of all the talent we have and to think and work in different and creative ways has never been more important. The starting point for achieving both is an inclusive working culture where difference can flourish.
This strategy outlines in straightforward terms how a more diverse and inclusive FCO can help us deliver better performance, policy and services, and, what we are going to do over 2008-13 to get there. It explains:
- why having a diversity and inclusion strategy is important;
- who this strategy is for;
- what it will achieve (i.e. intended outcomes).