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At Defra, we have a responsibility to ensure we have an inclusive culture where discrimination, harassment, bullying and prejudice will not be tolerated. We recognise all employees have a responsibility to treat each other fairly and with respect, no matter what their ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, religious beliefs and working patterns.

Defra’s challenge is to demonstrate improvements in diversity as well as realistically manage these expectations. We recognise these challenges will not be a quick fix. The business case for workplace diversity is a long-term investment.

We all have a part in contributing to an inclusive society. A diverse workforce means we are better informed to meet the needs of the citizen. This will make a real difference to both the citizens we serve and our employees.

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Reporting and progress

We report regularly on our performance in each of these areas:

Page published: 3 October 2010