Often the words equality and equity are used interchangeably. But this year’s International Women’s Day campaign – which culminates today on Wednesday 8th March – shines a spotlight on the real difference in their meaning.
So, we’re keen as a business to explore the importance in understanding this distinction.
The aim of this year’s International Women’s Day theme #EmbraceEquity pushes the world to talk about why the well-coined phrase, ‘equal opportunities’ doesn’t fit the bill.
At the nub of this important campaign, lies the key message that everyone requires different components to be successful. And that’s where equity is vitally different to equality. Providing everyone with what they need to be successful and acknowledging that as individuals we all have different needs is the first step to real gender equity.
Equity acknowledges that as people we all start life in different places.
This is a conversation that touches all aspects of society.
And one that has inspired us to continually consider and review the support, policies and social committees we deliver and champion with our team members. And at various points in all our lives we’ll be approaching issues from different viewpoints – so we’re keen to acknowledge and support this as a business through our internal policies.
- Our menopause policy aims to break the taboo in the workplace – we want everyone to be able to talk about it openly and without embarrassment and explain to those who don’t know, how this transition in a woman’s life is often not always an easy one. The changing age of the UK’s workforce means that between 75% and 80% of menopausal women are in work. And research shows that the majority of women are unwilling to discuss menopausal related health problems with their line manager, nor ask for the support or adjustments that they may need. Through our policy we want our team members to feel supported to improve their time at work and know that as a business we understand the challenges they’re facing and will help them through this time.
- We’re also committed to supporting working parents and knowing that flexibility is key to creating a successful work-life balance. Our team members have the choice of working from home, the office or hybrid as well as flexibility around school drop off and pick up times.
And striving to advance towards a truly diverse workforce is championed by our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee in collaboration with our Senior Leadership and HR team.
Our vision is simple:
Our workforce is diverse, and diversity of thought is respected and reflected at all levels within the business.
There is a culture of inclusion, psychological safety and belonging, in which our colleagues feel valued, listened to and free to be themselves.
Equitable treatment is the norm with policies, processes and structures adapted to reflect this so discrimination is eliminated at all levels.
And we'll never stop learning.
We’re committed to continually reviewing our approach to ensure we’re a truly equitable employer. Joe Norburn, Chief Executive Officer at Recordsure explains.