At Essex County Council (ECC) we aim to do two things:
- Respecting our customers and employees, creating an inclusive environment in everything we do
- Recognise the inequalities in our communities and ensure our work reduces this, giving support to the most vulnerable groups.
We expect everyone who works at ECC to be treated and to treat everyone else with dignity and respect.
We are proud to have been recognized as ‘Excellent’ by the Local Government Association (LGA). We were commended in all five areas of the Equality framework for local government, first awarded to us in 2012.
We are excited by our latest Equalities Strategy (2015 – 2018), seeing this as an enabler to weaving equality into all we do across Essex. We believe that equality is not an add-on but essential to all our business activity.
Our aim is to maintain and exceed the requirements of the public sector duty (Equality Act 2010). And now we are a Disability Confident employer, we are working to become a Disability Confident leader in our community. Essex is also developing a Faith Covenant agreement, working jointly with faith leaders and partners to support our communities.
What diversity means for ECC employees:
We monitor our workforce diversity annually to track our data, identify improvement actions, and carry out equal pay/Gender Pay Gap audits.
Everyone has an opportunity to identify where improvements can be made and influence policy, processes and service planning.
We have a range of networks for employees that provide confidential support and promote discussion to promote change. These groups include:
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Network Group
- Black and Minority Ethnic Employees Network
- Disabled Employees' Network Group
- Young Person and Apprentice Network
- Carers’ Forum
- Christian Fellowship
Prayer space is available at County Hall and arrangements can be made at our other hubs.