Why is it important?
As one of the largest engineering institutions working globally to engineer a better world, we aspire to treat everyone equally with dignity, integrity and respect regardless of their background. It’s vital that every one of our members, volunteers and current and future colleagues, feel welcome, valued and respected and benefit from equal opportunity for all so that everybody can perform at their best.
We achieve this via our diversity efforts, embedding EDI into our policies, practices, procedures and behaviours throughout the institution, ensuring that recommendations are adopted, monitored and reported so that we make progress and maintain EDI excellence in all that we do.
By doing this, we can effectively meet the needs of everybody associated with the IET, the wider community and the profession. Advocating EDI in engineering is a crucial element in addressing the skills shortage that currently threatens the UK industry.
Whose responsibility is it?
The responsibility for EDI lies with each of us - colleagues, members and volunteers - and we will utilise the support from our Board of Trustees and Executive Team to embed EDI across the institution in order to drive this important topic.