An inclusive approach to recruitment and selection

We define diversity as valuing everyone as an individual – we value all our employees, customers and clients as people. Diversity is about visible and non-visible factors, which include personal characteristics such as sex, sexual orientation, gender, race, age, background, culture, disability, personality and work-style. Harnessing these differences creates a productive environment in which everybody feels valued, where their talents are fully utilised and organisational and personal goals are met.

We regularly review the ways in which we can make the CIPD an attractive and accessible place to work for people from a wide range of backgrounds. We focus on inclusive approaches to recruitment and selection and are committed to employment policies that promote diversity and inclusion in employment regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, sex, marriage and civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion or belief. We also support flexible working arrangements wherever possible, so that our people can work in ways which suit their personal circumstances.

The make-up of our workforce in terms of gender, age and ethnicity broadly reflects the characteristics of our membership base. But as we seek to make HR an attractive career choice for a greater diversity of people, the diversity of our own workforce will play an important part and we know we're not yet representative enough of the south London community in which we're headquartered, nor of our growing community of international members.

You can read more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion by exploring the groups, programmes and initiatives below.

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Disability Confident employer

The CIPD is a Disability Confident Leader. We work with the DWP and lead the way in changing attitudes towards disability, and to encourage all employers to provide opportunities to ensure that people with disabilities and those with long-term health conditions are able to fulfil their potential at work. We regularly review our own people practices and approaches to ensure that our workplace is as open, diverse, accessible and inclusive as possible. 

Stonewall Global Diversity Champions

Stonewall Global Diversity Champion

The CIPD is a member of Stonewall’s Global Diversity Champions programme, working together to ensure that we are an LGBT+ inclusive employer and membership organisation across our UK and International communities. Our principles – work matters, people matter and professionalism matters – enshrine our belief that good work is safe and inclusive.

Stonewall and the CIPD share the vision that by embedding inclusive values, organisations can drive higher levels of wellbeing, motivation, satisfaction and productivity. Our ambition is to ensure that all of our staff and volunteers feel confident and comfortable in bringing their whole selves to work - because people perform better when they can be themselves. 

Read: The CIPD pledges to make a positive difference to LGBT+ workers