Cross-industry toolkit

For employers



Share practice, support peers and drive sector-wide change.


Activities at each level are related, but distinguished by scale, detail or commitment.

Publish aggregate diversity data, together with the rationale for collecting these and statements about your strategy in response.

Separate data by at least one layer horizontally (by broad function) and vertically (by broad grade bandings).

Make a public commitment to publishing data annually and reporting on trends.


Activities at each level are related, but distinguished by scale, detail or commitment.

Publish granular diversity data annually across all grades and functions, with explicit benchmarking for areas including pay and progression.

Create and publish a detailed plan to increase socio-economic diversity, as measured against key metrics in the data.

Set three-year targets and publish the actions planned and taken to realise them.


Have a presence at industry-specific events designed to advocate, inform and drive positive change.

Have an active voice in national campaigns to support socio-economic diversity – e.g. unpaid internships or university access.

Collaborate with other employers in activities such as early outreach initiatives, support for diversity among work experience applicants, and research into challenges and solutions.


Show leadership regarding socio-economic diversity, for example:

  • speaking at national events
  • advocating change in the media
  • contributing to national campaigns
  • bringing together peer employers, clients, suppliers and other stakeholders to engage in debate, and publicising outcomes
  • sharing and celebrating evidence of impact to help drive positive, informed change

Lead collaborative programmes with focused objectives, such as collating and benchmarking cross-sector data on socio-economic diversity, generate a wider evidence base to inform change.