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Different Together – At North Star, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion are part of our DNA. Together, we continue to build a culture that encourages, supports, and celebrates difference. It fuels our innovation and connects us even closer to customers and communities.
While the terms equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) often go hand in hand, they are not one and the same. At North Star we believe that:
Equality is the fair and unbiased treatment of others, taking into account, systemic and structural inequalities. This ensures equal opportunity and access for all groups which are protected by legislation.
Diversity refers to the presence of people who, as a group, have a wide range of characteristics, seen and unseen, which they were born with or have acquired. These differences can go beyond the protected groups set out in legislation.
Inclusion goes further and is where people’s differences are valued and used to enable everyone to thrive at work. An inclusive working environment is one in which everyone feels that they belong without having to conform, that their contribution matters and that they can perform to their full potential, no matter their background, identity or circumstances. An inclusive workplace has fair policies and practices in place and enables a diverse range of people to work together effectively.
These terms are interdependent and go hand in hand in promoting a culture that is actively equal, diverse and inclusive.
In 2019 North Star set up an Inclusion Group. This is made up of a group of North Star staff who have passion and drive for promoting inclusivity in the workplace. The group meet regularly to discuss all aspects of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion with the aim to make positive changes where needed and promote the quality work that North Star does.