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Equality, diversity and inclusion

Our strategy

Our EDI strategy sets three EDI objectives aligned to our strategic objectives for 2017-20, outlining how we will embed and promote EDI within our organisation and our broader remit. 

The three EDI objectives are:

Learning and Development of optical professionals: to ensure registrants are able to deliver an effective service tailored to their patients’ needs, being aware of their EDI responsibilities;

Targeted approach to regulation: to build our EDI evidence base and understand the impact of our regulatory activity on diverse groups; 

Organisational Transformation: to ensure EDI impacts are taken into account in our internal processes and in how we deliver services to the public and registrants.

We are committed to ensuring that in exercising all of our functions we operate in a fair and transparent manner and in a way that is free from discrimination, harassment and victimisation. 

Our commitment

Within all of our functions, we are committed to promoting equality; valuing diversity; being inclusive; and meeting our equality duties:

1) Promoting equality 

We operate in a principled, fair and transparent manner and in a way that is free from discrimination, harassment and victimisation. We aim to promote, celebrate and utilise the benefits of diversity and equality in all of our activities. This includes engaging fairly and equally with members of the public, registrants, current and prospective members and employees.

2) Valuing diversity

We value the differences which exist between people, the differences that extend well beyond protected characteristics. Valuing difference enables us to be innovative, inclusive and well-rounded and sustain an environment where everyone is valued, respected and included. 

3) Being inclusive

We firmly believe that we will achieve and deliver more by working collaboratively and supporting individuals’ needs. As a regulator, public service provider and employer, we aim to ensure the full and fair participation of vulnerable or under-represented groups.

We strive to eliminate any adverse impacts from our activities for everyone and can only truly do this with representative feedback and diverse input. 

4) Meeting our equality duties

We are committed to delivering on all of our equality duties. We will make clear, well-reasoned, evidence-based decisions and will always be open and transparent in our justification when taking positive action to overcome the disadvantages experienced by some groups.

We will provide reasonable adjustments when requested and aim to use learning from these to improve our services and solutions.

Reporting Progress 

We report on progress within our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion publications. Our published Equality, Diversity and Inclusion reports provide an opportunity for us to reflect on our progress and plan our future. They can be viewed here.

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