New declaration on equity, diversity and inclusion
A NEW declaration on equity, diversity and inclusion has been signed by IPEM.
Trustees agreed earlier this year to sign a new Science Council declaration, which replaces a previous version from 2014.
The key change is a focus on ‘equity’ rather than ‘equality’ and it also commits signatories to create greater opportunities for minoritised people to fulfil their scientific potential by challenging inequities and creating more inclusive practices in their organisations.
Dr Robert Farley, IPEM’s President, signed the new declaration on behalf of the Institute.
He said: ‘I believe this commitment is an important step for IPEM. Having a diverse science workforce is essential for science to better serve society and patients. Challenging inequities, removing barriers when identified and working towards equitable systems and processes will lead to better outcomes for all who work, and aspire to work and study, in our profession.’
The new declaration commits IPEM to create a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion by:
- Appointing a board level diversity champion who, in partnership with the senior executive staff member in our organisation, will advocate the importance of equity, diversity and inclusion, and be accountable for improving practice and communicating our EDI strategies to our staff, membership and other stakeholders.
- Planning and implementing a programme of work to embed the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion into our current organisational policies, practices and behaviours, and enhance the equality of opportunity in our activities as an employer and professional body.
- Measuring, assessing and reflecting on progress and reporting on our activities annually to our staff and members.
- Sharing progress and learning with the Science Council and supporting the collective progress of Science Council member bodies through joint learning and sharing good practice
Much of this is already done by IPEM through governance, internal practices, strategic values and policies.
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