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National Day for Staff Networks 2021

Category: LGBT+ Network, Social Mobility, Race Equality, Staff Networks, ministry of defence, gender network, national day for staff network, disability network, faith & belief

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At DIO we believe working here should be engaging, positive and welcoming for anyone, regardless of their background or life experience. We are always challenging ourselves to seek out and value different opinions and perspectives, embrace choice in our ways of working, and for everyone to lead by example.


We truly believe that having a broad range of knowledge, skills, and professional and personal experience in our organisation will make us more successful, effective and more rewarding for the great people who develop and deliver our services. Feedback from our people around themes of inclusion and engagement are good, but we're aiming for great. We know we have more to do and we're committed to doing it.


Our fantastic staff networks and forums are central to us making further progress towards our ambitions.  We have 6 staff networks that operate on an organisation-wide basis, these are:

  • Social mobility network
  • Gender forum
  • Race network
  • LGBT+ network
  • Faith & belief forum
  • Disability network

They are driven by colleagues from across DIO who are passionate and committed to sharing their lived experience and educating others, providing support to others in areas they’re knowledgeable, and contributing to the strategic direction and success of our diversity and inclusivity ambitions.  Many of these networks also connect into other networks in the Ministry of Defence and Civil Service, which our people can also become involved with. We also have colleagues who organise and run additional staff networks across our various functions and geographies, all of whom do a great job of equally challenging and supporting their teammates in a way which is relevant and meaningful to them.


We are extremely proud of our networks, and incredibly grateful for everything they are doing to help make DIO an inclusive place, where people can feel they belong.  DIO delivers fantastic service today because of its fantastic people, and we are committed to ensuring we continue to do so with the support and challenge from our colleagues across all our staff networks.

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VERCIDA works with over one hundred clients who are committed to creating an inclusive work environment. If you are an employer and interested in working with VERCIDA to promote your diversity and inclusion initiatives and attract the best candidates, please email [email protected] for more information.

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