FDA: Civil Service's new diversity plan is welcome - but there's more to do

October 16, 2017

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Commenting on the Civil Service's new Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, Zohra Francis - FDA Equality and Diversity Officer - said:
 
"The FDA has long called for a greater focus on diversity and inclusion in the civil service, so we welcome today's commitment to charting the progress of BAME and disabled civil servants throughout their careers.
 
“Coupled with greater transparency in the data, this innovative move should help to provide a more meaningful and measurable way of tracking whether departments are truly reflective of the people they serve. All departments should heed the plan’s commitment to identifying and supporting talented staff, regardless of their background.
 
"There is, however, much more to do, and the FDA stands ready to work with departments to identify and tackle the barriers under-represented staff face - including divisive performance management systems which can stifle the very talent that the public sector should be nurturing.
 
"We look forward to seeing a step change in the way the civil service approaches inclusion, and we will be working with our diversity networks and growing BAME membership to hold departments to account as they put this new plan into action.”

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