STEP announces guiding principles to ensure equality, diversity and inclusivity across the organisation

Monday, 17 January 2022

Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) go to the heart of STEP’s values of community, collaboration, integrity and continuous learning. Everything we do, from understanding our members and their clients and ensuring our standards retain their globally recognised status, to developing and growing our global community, can only be enhanced with the contribution of diverse experiences, insights and perspectives. Garnering those diverse contributions depends on being open and welcoming of them – being so inclusive that we understand and value the rewards that they bring to us, our members and their clients.

With this in mind, we have today published our EDI guiding principles, which provide a clear framework for everyone acting for and on behalf of STEP.

Nancy Golding QC TEP, STEP’s worldwide Chair, said:

‘Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) matter. By having a broad range of perspectives contributing to decisions, better outcomes are achieved. I speak for all of the Board in saying how much we value diversity in our leadership groups.

‘At Board and Council we agreed that we would focus on EDI within our governance and volunteering structures before we potentially expand horizons. We welcome members from a range of backgrounds and identities, who can bring different perspectives to our decision making.

‘We are in the early stages of this important journey and there is a lot of ground to cover. We recognise that we are learning as we go, taking best practice to adapt and adjust along the way. Progress will require energy and consistency – traits that I know we possess in abundance in our STEP community.’

The EDI guiding principles are published here