THE GENDER EQUALITY CHARTER

This charter is a commitment by signatories to work together to achieve gender equality.

For Homes: Signatories to this Charter are committing to pursue an equality agenda in their home and in the parenting and education of their children.

For Schools: Signatories to this Charter are committing to pursue an equality agenda in the education and pastoral care of their students.

For Businesses: Signatories to this Charter are committing to pursue an equality agenda in their recruitment and retention of talent.

The Charter is founded on the belief that equality of the sexes is critical to the future of the UK. We are committed to building a country whose leadership, influence and agenda is directed by talented people who fully reflect the society they serve. We believe that achieving equality of the sexes will ensure a better, fairer, more prosperous society and provide the UK with a competitive edge.

The Charter signatories undertake to:

Homes

● Support education and parenting practices that are designed to achieve  equality of the sexes in their home

Schools

Support attraction, education and pastoral practices that are designed to achieve equality of the sexes in their student body

Measure the profile of their student body, including student surveys, to share this for (anonymous) collective publication. Signatories of this charter pledge to promote diversity by:

1. having a senior-level, named representative with responsibility for the Charter commitments (Charter Champion);

2. adopting equal attraction and education and pastoral processes, working toward a goal that students are treated equally regardless of their sex and a student body which believes that their sex is not a factor which should or will determine their value or what they can achieve.

3. working collectively with other signatories to develop, share and implement protocols and best practice for the practical implementation of the aims of this Charter;

4. contributing their equality data into a common central anonymised database, for sharing amongst signatories bi-annually, and for publishing publicly in an annual report.

Businesses

Support attraction, recruitment and retention practices that are designed to achieve equality in their workforce

● Measure the equality profile of their UK employees and to share this data, including employee opinion surveys, for (anonymous) collective publication. Signatories of this charter pledge to promote diversity by:

1. having a senior-level, named representative with responsibility for the Charter commitments;

2. adopting equal attraction, training and pastoral processes, working toward a goal that employees are treated equally regardless of their sex and a workforce which believes that their sex is not a factor which should, is or will determine their value or what they can achieve at the company.

3. working collectively with other signatories to develop, share and implement protocols and best practice for the practical implementation of the aims of this Charter;

4. contributing their employment diversity data into a common central anonymised database, for sharing amongst signatories bi-annually, and for publishing publicly in an annual report.

Signatories define their own timetable for change and implement the strategy that is right for their home, institution or organisation (acknowledging that all signatories will have different starting points).

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