Diversity at the Wales Co-operative Centre
During 2007, a decision was made to promote and inform staff about Diversity within the Wales Co-operative Centre. A model of ‘Diversity Champions’ was chosen to lead and act as a catalyst for Diversity awareness and promotion.
The Diversity Champions set the following objectives:
- To introduce and define what we mean by the term Diversity;
- To uncover the barriers to diversity within the Wales Co-operative Centre;
- Raise awareness of all aspects of Diversity;
- Look at the law and diversity.
There are many Diversity definitions in existence. The one we have adopted within the Centre is:
- It is not equality;
- Equality sees the individual as the problem;
- Diversity sees everyone as individuals;
- Diversity encourages organisations to adapt so that everyone is included;
- No one is a problem.
Diversity Champions methods
The role of the Champions is continually evolving, adapting to the feelings within the Centre and from the growing confidence of the subject matter within the Champions team. The promotion of the topic is being delivered through the following routes:
- Diversity sessions have been held at the last 3 staff team meetings covering different aspects of the topic;
- Sending out emails regarding specific events to inform staff;
- Acting as a point of contact for staff Diversity queries.
Diversity action plan
The Diversity Champions meet quarterly to discuss developments, actions and new ideas and in order to achieve the continual promotion and development of Diversity Awareness within the Centre, an action plan has been created to:
- Work on developing a policy for the Centre;
- Create a Diversity Library;
- Analyse Diversity within Centre;
- Regular slot at staff meeting;
- Regular contribution to staff magazine.
Diversity Champions comment:
“Our role as Diversity Champions is to ensure that staff within the Wales Co-operative Centre understand the benefits of embracing Diversity. Sometimes it’s our job to challenge and tackle subjects in order for staff to be aware of the potential different situations.
“In holding regular sessions, creating an appropriate policy, this online resource and analysing Diversity within the Centre we are taking steps to ensure that our clients’ needs are always met with understanding and respect.”