Diversity for the BBC is a creative opportunity to engage the totality of the UK audience. That includes diverse communities of interest, as well as gender, age, ethnicity, religion and faith, social background, sexual orientation, political affiliation and so on.
Delivering on our commitment to equal opportunities and diversity is important to the BBC for a number of reasons. For example, the audiences that we serve are increasingly diverse. The BBC is also a public service broadcaster funded by a licence fee paid by all sections of UK society.
The BBC is a member of the major industry networks on disability and ethnicity, as well as of the main UK employer forums which bring together organisations committed to driving progress on diversity.
The BBC is committed to promoting equal opportunities for all, irrespective of colour, race, religion or belief, ethnic or national origins, gender, marital/civil partnership status, sexuality, disability or age.
The BBC is committed to reflecting the diversity of the UK and to making its services accessible to all. This applies both to our output and to the people who work here.
The BBC aims to create and sustain an inclusive work environment which provides equality of opportunity for everyone.
The BBC has set targets for ensuring that diversity is reflected on and off air, supported by a number of initiatives aimed at promoting diversity in the workforce and in output and content.
The current targets are:
The workforce targets are currently being reviewed by the BBC Diversity Board, which is chaired by the Director-General.
The BBC has a longstanding commitment to creating a diverse workforce.
The BBC is not complacent about its progress to date, and recognises that there is more work to be done to achieve a diverse workforce at all levels.
At the same time, the BBC will always look to recruit the best person for the job. We are legally required to do so, and the BBC is also bound to provide the best value for licence fee payers.
The BBC is investing £3million over the next three years in an action plan to help meet the workforce targets. This consists of:
The BBC has a diversity strategy agreed by the most senior people in the organisation. Progress against the strategy is reviewed regularly by the Diversity Board, chaired by the Director-General.
The equality schemes explain the BBC's public functions and outline how we work towards achieving equality for people in relation to disability, gender and race.
We conduct an annual review of the equality schemes to show what progress has been made against the objectives set in the schemes. The results of the review for 2007/2008 are included in the full schemes, and are also available separately in the performance summaries.
The BBC's Disability Equality Scheme outlines how the public functions of the BBC are ensuring equality for disabled people, and includes:
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The BBC's Gender Equality Scheme outlines how the BBC will develop, implement, monitor and review its work towards achieving equality for women and men, including trans people. It includes:
The BBC's Race Equality Scheme outlines a framework for how the BBC will develop, implement, monitor and review its work towards achieving equality for people from diverse ethnic and cultural backgounds. It includes:
The purpose of an Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) is to make sure that, when carrying out its public functions (or implementing policies and practices related to those functions), the BBC does not unlawfully discriminate against any of its audiences or licence fee payers and that, where possible, it promotes equality. It is a way to make sure that individuals and teams think carefully about the likely impact of their work and take action to improve strategies, policies and projects, where appropriate.
Where they are judged to be relevant and proportionate, EIAs will be conducted at the outset of a project or policy's development, in relation to disability, race/ethnicity and gender, as required under statute. The BBC also considers three other diversity areas - age, faith/belief and sexual orientation - as part of best practice and in line with the BBC's broader diversity commitments. EIAs which have been completed and signed off by two of the BBC's public function areas - Television Licensing and Digital Switchover - are published below, and those relating to certain functions of the BBC Trust are published on the BBC Trust website - see below.
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EIAs conducted by TVL in respect of core public function activities within Television Licensing:
(i) Digital Switchover Help Scheme - EIAs completed by DSHS Ltd in respect of the procurement exercise and the Code of Service Standards:
(ii) Digital switchover communications - EIAs completed by Digital UK (in liaison with the BBC) in respect of digital switchover communications and diversity outreach:
Certain functions of the BBC Trust are public functions. Information relating to the BBC Trust's Equality Impact Assessments is available on the Trust website.
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