About Defence

Equality and Diversity

Diversity is core business for the Ministry of Defence in order to encourage people throughout society to join us, remain with us, make their distinctive contributions and achieve their full potential.

The Ministry of Defence recognises that the people we employ are the most important factor in fulfilling our Mission to defend the United Kingdom and its interests. The United Kingdom embraces people from diverse cultures and backgrounds. Drawing on this diversity enhances our capability to deliver our business and adapt continuously to a rapidly changing global context.

We value every one of our people for their own particular strengths and talents upon which we rely. We work together across the whole Department. Every man and woman contributes to defence capability and is entitled to the same standards of respect and equality of opportunity.

What we expect from our people

We expect every one of our people, whether uniformed or civilian, to fulfil their personal responsibilities:

  • To foster a working environment where all personnel feel comfortable and are welcomed and valued for their unique contributions to operational effectiveness.
  • To promote a working environment that values dignity, respect and fairness.
  • To promote standards of best behaviour and comply with the law with regard to creating equality of opportunity and not discriminating against others.

Affiliations and Partnerships

The MOD is a member of the following organisations;

Race for Opportunity;
Opportunity Now;
Employers Forum on Disability;
Employers Forum on Age;
Employers Forum on Belief;
And affiliated to a:gender.

The MOD has sponsored the Muslim News Awards for the last 6 years.

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