Diversity and inclusion

Our approach to diversity and inclusion (D&I) 

Our ambition is that GCS becomes the global leader for diversity and inclusion for our profession.

This action plan builds on our last GCS D&I strategy, and highlights our ambition to be the most inclusive profession by setting standards through these 3 core themes:

  1. An inclusive GCS
  2. Delivering diversity in practice
  3. A representative GCS

Following on from the publication of the 2017-2018 GCS Diversity and Inclusion Strategy we’re redoubling our commitment to take positive action and make lasting change.  This includes ensuring that everyone in the GCS has the tools they need to attract, develop and promote great communicators from diverse and underrepresented groups. 

To maximise the benefits of our unique and diverse workforce the GCS must promote an inclusive culture that celebrates diversity and consciously puts it at the centre of everything we do.

Poli Stuart-Lacey, GCS Diversity and Inclusion Champion and Director of Communications at HM Revenue and Customs:

“As a champion for diversity and inclusion within the GCS, my ask is that each and every one of us, from Directors and senior managers to new starters, takes the time to read and adopt this action plan, so that together we can design a profession we can be proud of and which will benefit from a diverse range of talent and equal opportunity.”

Staff groups and mentoring opportunities

Connecting Diverse Voices

We encourage you to join the cross-government mutual mentoring programme seeking to amplify the diversity of voices within the GCS by partnering senior leaders with diverse colleagues.

Mental health and wellbeing

We continue to support communications professionals’ mental health and wellbeing. Since last year we have:

  • organised ‘Tea and talk’ sessions to talk about mental health
  • written blogs on the issues

We are looking at other ways to raise awareness on wellbeing.