Equality and diversity officers aim to promote good relations and practices towards different minority groups. These generally include the equality strands of gender, race, disability, age, religion and sexual orientation.
Their work may include community work supporting people who experience some form of discrimination and delivering diversity workshops to communities, staff and volunteers. Many roles also involve the development, monitoring and review of policies and strategies designed to ensure organisations, staff and stakeholders engage with legislative duties.
Equality and diversity officers also ensure that everyone has equal access to services and they aim to stop negative attitudes. In major companies, officers may specialise in one particular area such as disability or race relations while those in smaller organisations may work across a range of strands.