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Race Equality in the UK

This page covers

- the legacy of Race Equality Legislation and Policy in the UK;
- it’s impact on organisations and individuals; and
- provide you with some useful resources that will help you to understand how the legislation works in practice, understand your legal duties and consider any practical changes that you may be required to make to ensure that you are able to demonstrate that you are meeting those duties.


Anti-racism is a form of action against racism and the systemic racism and the oppression of marginalized groups.

Being antiracist is based on the conscious efforts and actions to provide equitable opportunities for all people on an individual and systemic level.

People can act against racism by acknowledging personal privileges, confronting acts of racial discrimination, and working to change personal racial biases.

  • The Benefits of Diversity in the Workplace:

Encouraging equality and preventing work place discrimination is good for business, here’s why:

  • Encouraging greater awareness and understanding of the different protected characteristics, alongside tackling discrimination, can help to reduce the chance of complaints, disciplinary action or an employment tribunal claim - and avoid the costs and disruption to the organisation.
  • Improve team spirit - an employee or groups of employees who are being discriminated against are likely to be unhappy, less productive and de-motivated, and this can have a negative impact on the whole workforce.
  • Attract, motivate and retain staff, and enhance an organisation's reputation as an employer. If staff who have been discriminated against feel  undervalued or 'forced out' and leave, the organisation will run up the costs of recruiting, training and settling in new staff when its reputation as both a business and employer may be damaged.
  • Research also shows a culturally diverse workforce is good for your organisation. When employees acknowledge differences and learn about others’ experiences, productivity and performance increase.
  • Training courses that educate employees about the importance of racial and cultural diversity are a good place to start.

However, where problems occur, they are often deep-rooted. This means that culture is key to preventing and being aware of racial discrimination.

Page updated: 24/09/2021 Page updated by: Gloucestershire County Council

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