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Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

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Buttercups is committed to implementing policies that eliminate discrimination and promote diversity for our workplace and also for our learners.

Our vision is to have a workforce that reflects the diverse make-up of modern Britain.

Our aim as a training provider is to teach learners from all sections of society and to be fully representative of communities as a whole. We ensure all staff and learners are respected and given the opportunity to do their best. It is the right of all people to be free from discrimination, to have a fair chance to succeed in society.

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion initiative at Buttercups is lead by a dedicated group of Buttercups staff members forming the Buttercups EDI committee. The EDI committee is devoted to extending our organisation’s reach into all parts of the country and sections of society to achieve equality of access to recruitment and our services. It also seeks to fully integrate diversity into our operational and decision-making processes.


Equality is about making sure everyone is treated fairly and given an equitable chance to access opportunities. It’s not about treating everyone the same way, as individuals may have different needs to achieve the same outcome. 


Diversity is about celebrating and valuing how unique we all are. This is strongly linked with promoting human rights and freedoms, based on principles such as dignity and respect. Diversity is about recognising, valuing and taking account of people's different backgrounds, knowledge, skills, and experiences - where encouraging and using these differences can lead to the creation of a productive and effective workforce


Inclusion is about positively striving to meet the needs of different people, taking actions to create enviroments where everyone feels respected and able to achieve their full potential.

Protected Characteristics

It is against the law to discriminate against anyone because of:

Age: Someone of a particular age or in a range of ages.

Disability:Someone who has, or has had, a physical or mental impairment with a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out day-to-day activities.

Gender Re-assignment: Someone who is proposing to undergo, is undergoing, or has undergone a process (or part of a process) for the purpose of re-assigning their sex by changing physiological or other attributes of sex. There is no requirement for this person to require medical supervision in order for this person to have this protected characteristic.

Marriage and Civil Partnership: Someone who is married or is in a civil partnership.

Pregnancy and Maternity: Someone who is pregnant or within 26 weeks following the date of giving birth or taking maternity leave.

Race: Someone of a particular racial group defined by colour, nationality, caste, ethnic or national origins.

Religion or Belief: Someone of any religion or philosophical belief, including lack of religion or belief.

Sex: Whether someone is a man or a woman. However, as a company, we also do not discriminate against people who do not identify as male or female.

Sexual Orientation: A person’s sexual identity in relation to the gender to which they are attracted; the fact of being heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual.

How can you be discriminated against?

Direct Discrimination

When someone actively treats you less favourably.


Aggressive pressure or intimidation.


A widely held image, representation or belief about a certain thing or person.


Attaching an idea or name to an individual.


A preformed opinion about an individual or group of people, which is based on opinions rather than actual experience.

Indirect Discrimination

When someone who has a protected characteristic(s) is disadvantaged because of the practices, policies and procedures of an organisation.


The action of singling someone out for cruel or unjust treatment.

When to report Equality and Diversity issues?

If you have any Equality and Diversity related concerns please get in touch with the Buttercups Safeguarding Team: email
call 0115 937 4936.

Latest EDI Posts

Take a look at our most recently published Equality and Diversity bulletins below;

Coming soon