Our commitment to equality
The council’s ambition is to make Croydon a stronger, fairer place where no community is held back.
It acknowledges its statutory equality duty as a Public Sector employer under s149 of the Equality Act 2010.
The council will ensure that staff, residents and service users are treated equally, with dignity and respect, regardless of: age, disability, race (including ethnic origin, colour, nationality and national origin), sexual orientation, sex, religion or belief (including philosophical belief) gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity (the nine characteristics protected by the Equality Act 2010).
It recognises it has an important community leadership role and will use this opportunity to advance equality, fairness and community cohesion as well as to improve the social and economic environment in the borough.
The council’s equality objectives are set out in our Opportunity and Fairness Plan. These outline the key areas the council and its partners from public, community, faith, voluntary and business sectors, will focus on over the next four years. The aim is to deliver the highest standard of equality and inclusion practice and secure better outcomes for local people as described in our corporate plan: Ambitious for Croydon.
You can view a copy of the policy and Opportunity and Fairness Plan in the "downloads" section below.
Opportunity and Fairness Commission
Croydon is a great place to live and work in but it also faces many challenges; families struggling to make ends meet, social isolation, anti-social behaviour, poor housing and much more.
The Croydon Opportunity and Fairness Commission is an independent Commission set up by Croydon Council in 2015. It sought to understand the challenges faced by the people of Croydon and put forward recommendations that would help create a fairer and better place to live.
You can view a copy of the Council's Equality Policy 2016-2020 in the downloads section below.
Equalities awards and recognition
Croydon Council has been recognised for its work on equalities and diversity, including:
- winning Public Sector Employer of the Year at the 2018 Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (enei)
- placing in the top 30% of employers for LGBT people in the 2018 Stonewall index
- Equality Policy 2016 - 2020 [71.4KB]
- Croydon Opportunity & fairness Commission final report [4.6MB]
- Opportunity and Fairness Plan [157.5KB]