Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide. Working effectively with diversity is an essential part of the British Council’s work.

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy commits us to ensuring that there is no unjustified discrimination in the recruitment, retention, training and development of staff on the basis of age, disability, gender including transgender, HIV/AIDS status, marital status including civil partnerships, pregnancy and maternity, political opinion, race/ethnicity, religion and belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, spent convictions, trade union activity or membership, work pattern, having or not having dependants or any other irrelevant grounds.

We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to try and avoid unjustified discrimination, recognizing such discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights.

These policies apply to all British Council employees, individuals working on British Council premises and partners of and suppliers to the British Council.

See our main Equality, Diversity and Inclusion website for more information.