Embrace equality framework
The Equality Framework guides organisations through the process of understanding the main equality and diversity issues that they face in day-to-day operations. The Framework helps them put what they have learned into practice through the use of an information Library, training programmes, templates, policies and guidance.
At Embrace, we see our Framework as an important part of identifying and managing risk and driving change through the organisation. The Framework is fully supported by locally accredited assessors who, by working with our clients and using the Equality Standard as a template identify the potential areas of risk within their organisations.
The Standard uses a narrative to guide users through key areas of operations, allowing them to understand the issues and then perform a gap analysis looking at what they actually do in that area. Using resources from the Information library, and advice from the assessor, users work their way through the Key stages identifying areas where discrimination might occur and formulate, if necessary, an appropriate response. Most solutions are not expensive nor do all the issues have to be fixed within a short time-frame
The Equality Standard is delivered using a certified assessor as both a mentor and a guide. The assessor will advise and ensure the momentum is maintained to meet a realistic but challenging time frame and is able to help prepare the organisation for the audit process
The Framework makes available a huge resource of guidance, policies, procedures, practice templates, strategy examples and data monitoring spreadsheets available to embed common practices and standards building continuity and a common, transferable capacity.
The learning programme is designed to engage employees at all levels, to help them understand the impact discrimination can have on individuals and prepare them for taking part in the gap analysis under each of the Key stages of the Equality Standard. The structure of the Standard actively supports the training programmes encouraging employees to use their skills to construct a more inclusive environment and to widen their knowledge by offering additional, optional courses linked to the equality issues in each Key stage
At key stages throughout the Equality Standard process the organisation will be subject to process audits to ensure that the Equality Standard has been applied correctly. At the end of that process a full compliance audit will be carried out to ensure that equality and diversity has been embedded within the operational structure of the organisation. The auditors will be independent and certified to assess the Equality Standard and provide the necessary public credibility
The Equality Standard rewards commitment and achievement of good equality practice through the use of logos for public recognition. Those awards are supported by the use of international equality benchmarks, through an independent accreditation process. That process has been designed to build integrity and confidence in the standards achieved