Equality, Diversity & Inclusion at CFAB
As a cross-border, cross-culture children’s charity, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion is at the heart of what we do. We are committed to fostering a workplace that promotes mutual respect and allows equal opportunity for all. We are committed to removing real and perceived barriers, valuing everybody who works for, volunteers with, supports or benefits from our work. We are committed to creating a society that respects and values individuality and difference. We see this every day in our work across 130 different countries, and we know how important it is to support inclusivity to avoid miscommunications, misunderstandings and misinterpretation across different languages, cultures and backgrounds.
As a result, we have set out our plan for fostering greater inclusion within CFAB and with those with whom we work. Our commitment to understanding and breaking down systemic and institutional barriers and creating an equal and fair society must start with us.
Our work in this area is guided by three principles:
1. Transparency - we will share our diversity data in relation to our workforce.
2. Accountability – we are committed to getting this right and learning from any mistakes we make along the way.
3. Partnership – we will work with our staff and peer organisations to share and learn from experiences.
Results of our 2023 Diversity Monitoring Survey
As part of our efforts to create a diverse workforce, each year we ask our staff and trustees to complete a survey to give us better understanding of our organisation and identify opportunities for improvement.
Our 2023 survey results highlighted that CFAB is a diverse organisation, with many of our measures higher than national averages.
• 75% of CFAB’s Senior Management Team are female which illustrates that gender isn’t a barrier for progression. We’re proud to be well above the national average of 30%.
• CFAB has a diverse team; we currently have 26% Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff and trustees, significantly above the national average of 14%.
• Cultural diversity and experience abroad are important to our charitable mission, and we’re delighted to have 42% foreign-born staff and trustees, once again significantly above the national average of 13.8%.
• We are a disability inclusive employer with 23% of our staff considering themselves to have a disability or health condition, compared to a national average of 10%.
Despite these positive results, we will continue to actively champion diversity and inclusion at every level of CFAB. One area in which we are actively focusing upon is employing more people with direct experience of our work. Within our recruitment, we are actively seeking applicants from diverse backgrounds and with lived experience to ensure that our services reflect the needs of our beneficiaries.