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The concept of diversity encompasses recognition of our differences, acceptance and respect.

Definition of Diversity

The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect.   It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences.

These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies.

It is the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment. It is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual. 

Why Embrace Diversity?

Look around and you will see that our society is very diverse. Diversity enriches our lives. 

Much as the biological diversity of an ecosystem increases its stability and productivity, cultural diversity brings together the resources and talents of many people for the shared benefit of all.  By learning to recognize our similarities and appreciate our differences, together we can overcome prejudice and intolerance and work towards a more peaceful and productive world.

Embracing diversity allows us to value our individual heritages and beliefs while respecting those of others.

If we do not understand another’s values, lifestyle, or beliefs, it is much easier to belittle them and so the seeds of prejudice and intolerance are sown

Companies and organisations have a moral, social and legal responsibility to embrace diversity. Serious consideration should be given to compliance with current and future employment law. Organisations can face huge legal costs and damage to their reputations through poor diversity employment practice and procedures.

We believe that companies have much to gain from not only complying with legislation but embracing the opportunities it offers. 

There is a strong business case for the employment of a diverse workforce that reflects the diversity of the community it shares and serves.

Adopting and practicing diversity policies effectively in the workplace signals an ethical stand and provides a positive corporate image.  People obviously have a greater attraction to work for companies with a caring and friendly attitude.   Reduced employment costs through improved retention in the workplace are also a major consideration.

Adopting good practice in employing and managing a diverse workforce demonstrates that an employer is concerned for the development and welfare of all staff. This positive spin-off can lead to a more productive workforce overall.  A stronger partnership will be developed with existing customers; and the customer base may be broadened and strengthened.

Embracing diversity is the first item for building teams. Every team building theory states that to build a great team, there must be a diverse group of people on the team, that is, you must avoid choosing people who are only like you.

Diversity is what builds teams — a collection of individual experiences, backgrounds, and cultures that can view problems and challenges from a wide-variety of lenses

Children need to be taught to respect others and not to pre-judge them.   We can help them see that there is much to learn from people who are different from ourselves, including those who live far away or lived long ago. 

We must teach them to behave respectfully towards other people and make it clear that it is wrong to tease or reject a person because of his or her appearance or heritage.

We must also make them understand that some people behave in harmful ways towards others, and that their behavior should not be tolerated.

Bias based on gender, race, disability, or social class creates serious obstacles to all young children’s healthy development. Children can begin to learn at an early age to resist bias and to value the differences between people as much as the similarities.