Special Commendation for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

This year, for those who achieve the Princess Royal Training Awards standard, we are introducing an additional commendation for employers who can demonstrate a significant commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace and through their training practices.

What do we mean by the equality, diversity and inclusion?

  • Equality: Making sure that all individuals or groups of individuals are treated fairly and equally, so that everyone has the same opportunity to participate and fulfil their potential.
  • Diversity: Recognising, respecting and valuing the differences between people, both in the workplace, and in wider society.
  • Inclusion: Including and supporting disadvantaged people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized, so they feel respected, valued and supported

What are the different characteristics or categories that make an organisation more equal, diverse and inclusive?

There are nine protected characteristics identified in the Equality Act 2010:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment (transgender)
  • Marriage/ civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Gender
  • Sexual orientation

Breaking down barriers

It’s not only about what the law defines. You may have developed a training programme that is particularly suited to a group of people who found it difficult to find employment or to progress in the organisation. Are you committed to social mobility? You may use training to help young people into their first job or homeless people back into work.

Why are equality, diversity and inclusion important to the Princess Royal Training Awards?

At the City & Guilds Group, we believe that everyone should have an opportunity to grow within their workplace and contribute to business success. A more diverse and inclusive workforce can also boost business. Research from McKinsey & Company showed that ethnically diverse companies are likely to financially outperform non-diverse companies by 35%. Gender diverse companies also outperform less diverse companies by 15%.

How can I achieve a special commendation for equality, diversity and inclusion?

Any organisation who achieves the Princess Royal Training Awards standard can be considered for a special commendation. Assessors will be looking for exemplars of best practice in this field as demonstrated in Hallmark 2, Part 1 where applicants need to demonstrate that appropriate consideration has been given to equality, diversity and inclusion in the planning and delivery of their training programme. The Princess Royal Training Awards Commission will make the final decision as to who can receive a special commendation.