As the UK’s principal cultural relations organisation in over 100 countries across the world, the British Council is strongly committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. Our work is centred on building meaningful, enduring and respectful relationships across different cultures.

Our aim is to mainstream equality, diversity and inclusion. That means taking diversity into account as we develop and deliver processes and functions, considering it as part of policy decisions and building it into the planning of programmes and projects based on 7 strands:

  • Gender
  • Age
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Religion
  • Ethnic origin
  • Disability
  • Work-life balance

“Cultural relations are about connecting individuals and cultures in different ways to share and develop friendly knowledge and understanding.  This can’t be achieved without an evident commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion – in other words respect and fairness and efforts to make different groups of people feel valued and involved.” - Fiona Bartels-Ellis, Head of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion