Guide

Implement an equality plan

What is an equality plan?

An equality plan outlines how your company’s equality and diversity policy will be implemented.

Your equality and diversity policy should explain your business’ stance on diversity and set out legal rights and obligations of your staff. It is your promise to treat all employees, and potential employees, fairly and considerately.

See equality and diversity policies.

Your equality plan allows you to integrate equality into your performance management system, quality initiatives and corporate planning processes.

It should allow for an integrated approach to the promotion of equality of opportunity on grounds of: 

  • age
  • sexual orientation
  • religious or similar philosophical belief
  • race
  • disability
  • political opinion
  • sex
  • pregnancy/maternity leave
  • married status/Civil Partnership status
  • persons with or without dependants
  • gender reassignment

Equality plans can also be used to develop plans to promote affirmative and positive action where this is deemed appropriate.

Equality plan sample template

The Equality Commission supports businesses to promote good equality practice and can help you to develop an equality plan for your business.

It has developed a sample equality plan document which you can download and customise for your own needs.

Download the Equality Commission’s sample employment equality plan (DOC, 150K).