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EDI can foster a positive culture in the OSH profession

Date posted
07 March 2024
Zip Kruse
Estimated reading time
3 minute read

Diversity is about so much more than meeting targets. It’s about recognising and celebrating the perspectives and experiences that everyone can contribute to an organisation or use to influence a project or piece of work, writes our EDI Lead Zip Kruse.

Studies over the years have showcased benefits of embracing diversity. We know diversity benefits ‘the bottom line’ but, beyond that, fostering a diverse and inclusive culture also has positive impacts on employee satisfaction and retention. Employees who feel seen and listened to are more likely to be engaged and committed to their work. This enhances creativity and innovation and contributes to the overall wellbeing of the workforce.

IOSH believes that equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) are integral to our vision of a safe and healthy world of work. It’s woven into our strategy, Activate 2028. Our EDI vision is clear and simple: “an inclusive environment where everyone is treated fairly and feels able to participate and achieve their potential.”

We recognise that for our EDI initiatives to be successful we cannot take a one-size-fits-all approach; rather we must look at our stakeholders and develop a programme specifically designed to suit their needs.

The institution has made strides in developing its internal EDI programme. We recognise that we are on a journey and still have work to do but we are comfortable that what we have done so far is setting us up for continued success in the future.

"As a membership body we recognised the importance of not only creating an inclusive environment for our own employees, but we wanted to extend this to our members and the OSH profession in general."

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Two years ago, we joined forces with 11 other professional bodies to commission The Young Foundation to carry out collaborative research into the state of equality, diversity and inclusion within and across professions.

The results of this have now been published as a report, Beyond Buzzwords. It highlights concerns and makes recommendations to achieve positive change.

IOSH welcomed the chance to take part in this research. All insights and recommendations will enable us to further develop our approach towards EDI with our members, staff and key external stakeholders.

Beyond Buzzwords

The Young Foundation's research report looks at a systemic approach to EDI across UK professions.

Last updated: 18 March 2024

Zip Kruse

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EDI Lead


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