Equality, Diversity & Inclusion is a key strand of AFBI’s People Strategy with an overall goal to:
“Create a diverse and inclusive community that supports creativity, and enhances the culture of the Institute.”
Our aim is, “to ensure people are treated with dignity and respect, promoting a positive workplace culture that is informed by our core values.”
A key part of AFBI’s People Strategy is to gain Diversity Mark accreditation and build upon our Gender Equality Plan across the Organisation. Our goal would be to support actions and decision-making that achieves a positive gender balance across our organisation, specifically within our scientific employee base. This is extremely important to AFBI working within the STEM environment.
AFBI recognises the importance of complying with its statutory obligations under Section 75, equality legislation and the various codes of practice.
AFBI is committed to equality of opportunity and the promotion of a culture of rights and responsibilities in order to fulfil its statutory obligation in compliance with Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and all Equality Legislation as set out by the Northern Ireland Government
Section 75 and Schedule 9 to the Northern Ireland Act 1998 placed a statutory obligation on public authorities in carrying out their various functions relating to Northern Ireland, to have due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity between:
- Persons of different religious belief, political opinion, racial group, age, marital status, or sexual orientation;
- Men and women generally including transgender people;
- Persons with a disability or long-term medical condition, and persons without; and
- Persons with dependants and persons without.
Without prejudice to this obligation, AFBI is also required, in carrying out its functions to have regard to the desirability of promoting good relations between persons of different religious belief, political opinion, and race.
The statutory obligations are implemented through Equality Schemes, approved by the Equality Commission, and by the screening of policies and the carrying out of Equality Impact Assessments (EQIAs) as required.